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Dinosaurs in Saskatchewan

Did you know there is a dinasour named after the tiny village of Herschel Saskatchewan? Yes this isolated pocket on the Canadian prairie was a tidal pool during the Cretaceious period when a shallow inland sea covered most of what is now Saskatchewan. Bodies of marine life would be washed into the pool during storms and left behind when the tide retreated.

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Checking out some of the fossils at Ancient Echoes

On our visit to the Ancient Echoes interpretive centre in Herschel we learned thousands of  bones from shell fish, clams and snails- some hundreds of millions of years old, have been found in Herschel’s Coal Mine Ravine as well as the teeth and the bones of a large marine predator called the Mosasaur.

In 1990, 1994, and 1997, paleontologists excavated the remains of three plesiosaurs. a plesisasour snoutIn 2005 Tamaki Sato discovered a new dinasour species in Herschel and called it Dolichorhynchops hershelensis. 

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Plesiosaur Sculpture at Ancient Echoes

At the Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre in Herschel Saskatchewan you can learn all about the life of the First Nations people who used to live in the area hundreds of years ago but you can also travel back in time millions of years and learn about the dinosaurs who once swam in this tiny prairie hamlet. 

Other posts about Ancient Echoes…….

Dave’s Vision Quest

A Birthing Stone

Was North America Created on the Back of A Turtle?

A Saskatchewan Great Plains Grizzly Lands Up in Scotland

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