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Gardner Creek Transcript


Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London

Well here we are on the Bay of Fundy at Gardner Creek, not far from Saint John and these red rocks behind me belong to a unit called the Tynemouth Creek Formation which is a 300 million year old rock unit which was deposited at a time when New Brunswick was actually lying on the equator and we were covered in sort of dry tropical environments, a bit like East Africa today.

And it was in these rocks in the region around me that in 2008 we found incredibly exciting fossilized footprints of some of the earliest reptiles to ever evolve on our planet. Reptiles were some of the first animals to colonize the very dry continental interiors of our planet and therefore pave the way for all ecosystems that have subsequently evolved. So here at Gardner Creek in southern New Brunswick we’ve got tell-tale impressions on the rocks of these first reptiles as they crawled along waterholes and dry river channels 300 million years ago, a tantalizing glimpse of lost ecosystems.