Digging up dinosaurs in Nova Scotia
• "Bones were sticking out all over the place. They were everywhere." Neil Shubin, Harvard University biologist, NEWS, National Geographic Society, Jan. 29, 1986.
• In total, Olsen and Shubin collected 100,000 pieces of fossilized bone preserved in sandstone. The pencil-sized bones belonged to dinosaurs, lizards, sharks and fishes dating back to the Triassic-Jurassic boundary period, about 200 million years ago.
• Three tonnes of rock were transported to Harvard and Columbia universities with most of the bones to be returned to the province.
• Olsen and Shubin said that the find was significant in helping to determine the eventual cause of the Triassic-Jurassic era.
• In 1990, the Parrsboro fossil site was designated a special protected place and it is illegal to dig and collect at the site.
Program: 1st Edition
Broadcast Date: Jan. 29, 1986
Guest(s): Bob Grantham
Reporter: Claude Vickery
Last updated: March 16, 2012
Page consulted on January 29, 2014
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