Museums’ Choice: Fossil Favourites from Across Canada is being hosted at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre in Whitehorse.
The national travelling exhibit features a 125,000-year-old camel toe bone first discovered at Hunker Creek in the Klondike, and it will be on display until the end of September. It’s the Yukon’s contribution to the displays.
The exhibit showcases noteworthy fossils from museums across Canada that represent siagnificant discoveries and research, the Yukon government said earlier this week.
Fossils on display include a replica of Tiktaalik, one of the first vertebrate animals to be able to walk on land.
There are also some of the earliest dinosaur footprints, the world’s largest trilobite and a replica skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
A special public event to highlight the exhibit took place at the centre on Wednesday afternoon.
Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie Dendys and the Yukon’s palaeontologist, Dr. Grant Zazula, spoke and answered questions about the exhibit.
“We are excited to be hosting this national exhibit in collaboration with the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada,” Dendys said.
“This is an opportunity for Yukoners to have a glimpse into paleontological discoveries that reflect Canada’s diverse natural history.
“It’s also an extraordinary opportunity to display these collections and share with Yukoners and visitors alike one of our rich discoveries while telling a small part of the Beringian story,” Dendys added.
To celebrate Canada 150, the museums allliance and 11 of its members developed the exhibit, which has journeyed from coast to coast. It started in September of 2017 and will end in May 2020.
The Beringia Centre is one of the alliance’s founding members.
Two fossils on display are from The United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sites in Yoho National Park (along the Rocky Mountain Parks in British Columbia and Alberta) and in Miguasha National Park in Quebec.