Fossil Finds!Look


Look closer. Examine images related to this subject. Click an image to enlarge and see captions. Click again to zoom in. How would you describe the picture?

From the McAbee Heritage Site to the Royal BC Museum

A woman inspecting fossils laid out in a wooden tray. The woman is wearing a white hat to shield her from the sun. Behind her is an open steel shipping container filled with fossil wrapping material and boxes, along with another table covered in tools.
A dry, rocky landscape on a hot, sunny day. In the background are some mountains, which have many hoodoos and rock formations, but few plants. Dry shrubs and grasses grow at the base. A dusty, unpaved access road leads up into the mountains.
A wide, dry valley with a highway and a narrow river running through it. A van is parked at the base of a mountain.
A woman wearing a face mask wraps and packages fossils on a table outside. There is an open steel shipping container behind her where boxes and wrapping materials are stacked. There are many tools on the table beside the woman as well as fossils that have just been wrapped.
A rugged, unpaved road up a dry mountain covered in rocky outcroppings. A sign by the side of the road says “Danger! Rockfall Risk Area” and an old metal gate blocks the road.

Fossils from the Leahy-Langevin Collection

A piece of fossil with a tulip-shaped leaf and an insect beside the leaf. The leaf is a characteristic Three-Lobed Sassafras leaf; the insect is unidentified.
A detailed fossil of a group of Alder fruits connected by a branch.
A pair of part and counterpart fossils showing both sides of a salmon. Both part and counterpart pieces have been fragmented into smaller fossils. The bones and fins of the salmon can be easily identified, including the bones of the head.
A fossil of a very thin leaf. The edges of the leaf are toothed and the primary and secondary veins of the leaf are well defined.
A fossil of a Ginkgo leaf with four lobes and veins leading from the stem to the many small notches on the edges.
A fossil with a Ginkgo leaf shaped like a hand fan.
A pair of part and counterpart fossils showing both sides of a conifer branch forking into three smaller branchlets.
A fossil of a cluster of small fruits and two angiosperm (flowering plant) leaves.
A pair of part and counterpart fossils showing both sides of an insect with its wings and legs spread out.
A large fossil depicting twigs forking off of a main branch. Both the branches and twigs are lined with small thin leaves.
A fossil with a number of leaves, two of which show insect damage. Details of the primary, secondary and tertiary veins of the two leaves can be seen against the lighter background of the stone.
A pair of part and counterpart fossils showing both sides of a small fish. Details such as the fish’s eyes, spine, and fins can be seen very clearly.
Part and counterpart fossils showing both sides of a conifer cone. The cone has completely turned into coal; however, the details can still be seen on the edges of the specimen.
A very detailed crayfish fossil, with almost all of the crayfish clearly visible and intact. The left pincer of the crayfish is partly missing.
A medium-sized beetle with its wings folded and legs tucked underneath its body. Its wings have a faint pattern on them.
A fossil hangingfly with one of its wings detached from the body and its long legs spread out.
A fossil daddy longlegs splayed out. The majority of the fossil remains intact but the daddy longlegs appears to be missing one of its legs.

Please feel free to use these images to educate and inspire in your classrooms. Should you wish to use them for any other purposes, please contact the Permissions and Licensing Office at 250-356-0138 (toll-free: 1-866-356-0138) or at access@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.