The Laboratory of Anthropology at UBC has this mammoth tooth from the Nechako River Valley in its collection. LOA welcomed Laura to sample it, and is excited to learn more about it! Read more about it, and other animals in LOA's collection in this newsletter.
Join the BC Paleontological Symposium July 9-11th for talks and field trips! Laura will be giving a zoom presentation project update, 'Perusing presumed pachyderms: looking for BC's youngest mammoth and other oddities'.
Lynn Washington of the South Peace Historical Society holds a mammoth femur discovered in Pouce Coupe. The Historical society is looking forward to learning about this, and other ice age animals in its collection.
Dr. Andrew Lawfield, Curator and Collections Manager at the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation is working with the BC Megafauna project to learn more about the ice age animals in its collection. He stands in the collections room with a mammoth tusk and the skull of an extinct bison!
Kaleb Slamang hoists a mammoth tusk discovered during the construction of the Peace Canyon Dam in 1977. Thanks to BC Hydro for their involvement with our project!
Curator Heather Sjoblom at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum holds a mammoth tooth from the collection. The Museum and BC Megafauna Project are looking forward to learning more about this mammoth and its environment with chemical studies!
Curator Pat Trask of the Courtenay and District Museum holds a mammoth molar discovered in the area in 1928, with assistant Laura. This mammoth is the most northerly one found on Vancouver Island so far! The SFU Archaeology Isotope Lab has successfully extracted collagen for the next exciting phase of analysis.
We are at the Royal British Columbia Museum, where Cara is sampling Vancouver Island cave animals this ancient bear for diet and environmental analysis.
An update on the Okanagan Science Centre tusk! Collagen has been successfully extracted from it and is now contained in these tin capsules ready for input into a mass spectrometer.
Check out the Summer edition of the BC Paleontological Alliance newsletter. The BC Megafauna Project is featured on page 17.
This week Laura Termes from @SFU is visiting the @RoyalBCMuseum paleontology collection to collect samples of mammoth bones and teeth for radiocarbon dating! Learn more about the BC Megafauna Project here: https://t.co/zu6wz4jeiL pic.twitter.com/fLV33ZPCyH— Victoria Arbour (@VictoriaArbour) June 5, 2019
We are looking forward to the Canadian Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology conference this weekend in Grande Prairie!
Cara is in the collagen extraction process with a tusk sample sent by Kira Westby of the Bulkley Valley Museum.
Thank you to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for inviting us to speak about the BC Megafauna Project at their fun Prehistoric BC Nocturnal Night.
Thank you Duncan McLaren for taking us on a field trip to beautiful Island View Beach Regional Park to check out Quadra Sand sediments!
Laura is holding a microcentrifuge tube of mammoth collagen in preparation for weighing. This collagen came from a tusk housed at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and was unearthed in 1971 at the Bell Copper Mine, Babine Lake.
We had the opportunity to introduce our research at the Symposium in Courtenay. Thank you to the organizers and attendees for making us feel so welcome.