McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Palaeontology

General View of the Dawson Gallery
Dawson Gallery, photo by Alex Tran

Highlights of the vertebrate collection include the oldest known terrestrial fauna from the Carboniferous of Joggins, Nova Scotia, the largest collection of invertebrate Ordovician fossils from the Saint Lawrence Lowlands (about 150 000 specimens), and a noteworthy collection of Burgess Shale fossils collected by T.H. Clark in 1924 as well as about 1000 Type and Figured specimens. The Museum also holds all the Dawson type specimens of fossil plants, including the oldest vascular plants from the Devonian of eastern Canada. Permanent exhibits in the Dawson Gallery, surrounding a skeleton of Gorgosaurus libratus, take you through billions of years in the history of life in Canada.


Invertebrate Fossils

The museum holds the largest collection of Ordovician invertebrates from the St. Lawrence Lowlands (about 30 000 specimens) as well as the Colin Stearn research collection of stromatoporoids (approximately 2000 lots of thin sections and original samples). It also possesses a small collection of Burgess Shale fossils collected by T.H. Clark in British Columbia during a 1924 expedition.

Maclurites, a sea snail from the Ordovician (about 450 million years ago)

Maclurites, a sea snail from the Ordovician (about 450 million years ago)

Vertebrate Fossils

Significant holdings in the vertebrate collection include: the oldest known fossil terrestrial vertebrates from the Carboniferous of Joggins, Nova Scotia, Pleistocene marine mammals from the Champlain Sea and R.L. Carroll's collection of early vertebrates in the form of "peels" and casts.


Archaeopteris gaspiensis, Upper Devonian, Gaspé, Québec

Archaeopteris gaspiensis, Upper Devonian, Gaspé, Québec

 

Plant Fossils

Among the fossil plants, the museum holds all the Dawson types including the oldest vascular plants from the Devonian of eastern Canada.


 

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose presence marks this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

The Redpath Museum's director EDI statement.

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