One place I would like to get to soon and combine a shoreline hike with a tour of the Fossil Center and exibits . . .
Located at the head of the Bay of Fundy, the 75-foot high cliffs at Joggins are exposed to constant tidal action and as Fundy’s 50-foot tides erode the cliffs, new fossils are revealed including a rich variety of flora, diverse amphibian fauna, important trackways and some of the world’s first reptiles.
A Unesco world heritage site, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs became famous in 1851 with the discovery of fossilized tree trunks found in their original positions. When these trunks were closer examined, tiny bones were noticed which turned out to be one of the most important fossil discoveries in Nova Scotia. These remains were from one of the world’s first reptiles and evidence that land animals had lived during the “Coal Age”. Today the Joggins Fossil Cliffs are recognized in a world-class palaeontological site.
“…the action of the tides of the Bay of Fundy being so destructive as continually to undermine and sweep away the whole face of the cliffs, so that a new crop of fossils is laid open to view every three or four years.”
—Sir Charles Lyell, Travels in America (1845)
Drive down Loggin’s N.S. “Main Street”.
Joggins Fossil Centre
100 Main Street
Joggins NS B0L 1A0
Toll-free — 1.888.932.9766
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