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Pasquia Palaeontological Site, Jordon River

Arborfield RM 456, Saskatchewan, S0E, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1995/07/13

Excavating the fossil site, winter, 1991.; Government of Saskatchewan, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, 1991.
Fossil Site
Top view of fossil crocodilian skull.; Government of Saskatchewan, Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Terminonaris Skull
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Other Name(s)

Pasquia Palaeontological Site, Jordon River
Carrot River Palaeontological Site

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/02/24

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Pasquia Palaeontological Site, Jordan River is a Provincial Heritage Property consisting of 100 hectares of land adjoining the south bank of the Carrot River near the Town of Carrot River. The site features exceptional deposits of Cretaceous-age marine fossils that were discovered in sediments eroding from the riverbank.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Pasquia Palaeontological site resides in the scientific information it reveals regarding the species and paleo-environment of a little known period of Saskatchewan’s geologic history. Fossils collected from the site represent the best record in Canada of vertebrate marine life from the period 92 to 95 million years ago. The quality and quantity of the marine fossils of this age are unmatched in North America. Among the sharks, cartilaginous and bony fish, and marine reptiles was a giant crocodilian (Terminonaris), the most complete and best-preserved of four such specimens known in North America. The site is also important for fossils of a group of toothed, non-flying aquatic birds, the oldest and most abundant collection of its kind, and for fossils of other species new to science.

Sources:

Province of Saskatchewan, Notice of Intention to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act, March 9, 1995.

Province of Saskatchewan, Order to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act, July 13, 1995.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Pasquia Palaeontological Site, Jordan River resides in the following character-defining elements:
-the stratigraphic sequence of sediments on and adjacent to the south bank of the Carrot River, particularly the Cretaceous age shales, and their contained fossils.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Government of Saskatchewan

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 39(1)

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Property

Recognition Date

1995/07/13

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Science

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Park

Historic

Environment
Nature Element

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: PHP 1588

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

PHP 1588

Status

Published

Related Places

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