The Royal BC Museum recently accepted a massive collection of fossils from the McAbee fossil beds located near Cache Creek in BC’s southern interior. Donated this year by the families of respected amateur collectors John Leahy and David Langevin, this astounding collection contains 18,000 pieces that are 52 million years old. The site of the McAbee fossil beds was formerly an ancient lake which received official heritage designation in 2012. Katie McEvoy, Assistant Paleontology Collections Manager, explains how the collection is managed, catalogued and stored at the museum.
McAbee Fossil Beds
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Royal BC Museum, the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General and others worked together to conserve the internationally recognized fossil site to provide research, educational and recreational opportunities.
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In order to protect and recognize this paleontological 'gold mine' of exceptionally well preserved fossils from the Eocene epoch (56 to 34 million years ago) the McAbee fossil beds have been formally designated as a Heritage Site.
Province of BC