“To me, fossil collecting is not just about beautiful objects, which they are, but they are also important scientific objects. We can learn a great deal about past ecosystems and climates, all kinds of discoveries, the evolution of various life forms…”
-Graham Beard, Interview, Canada Over the Edge S.2, Episode 2
THE VALUE OF FOSSILS
The discovery and identification of Vancouver Island fossils by Graham Beard and other local amateur paleontologists has told us much about the ancient life of Qualicum Beach and surrounding area. However, only a small number of the world’s species ever become fossils. This means that the fossils that do exist have incredible scientific value. We have to protect B.C.’s fossils as part of our heritage.
PLEASE COLLECT FOSSILS RESPONSIBLY!
We must collect fossils responsibly. Also, collections have to be properly organized and maintained so that they can be shared and further studied.
Read here to learn more about how fossils may be collected on Vancouver Island.
Amateur fossil collectors should only collect small amounts of common fossils. They also should report any rare finds to a professional paleontologist in case they are significant. We hope that you will take these words to heart if you search for fossils.
THE SILENT STORIES OF THE FOSSILS
Graham Beard is an internationally respected amateur paleontologist. His dedicated study and conservation of Vancouver Island fossils has left a lasting legacy for all Canadians. We hope these stories show that fossils have important clues about our world’s past, present and future. And yet, with all the discoveries and scientific work that has been done, there is so much left to learn. Maybe you too could discover another piece to this mysterious jigsaw puzzle.
Thank you for reading.
If you’re interested in learning even more about paleontology on Vancouver Island, feel free to check out West Coast Fossils: A Guide to the Ancient Life of Vancouver Island, written by Rolf Ludvigsen and Graham Beard.