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Found just outside of Port Union on The Murphy’s Cove to Lodge’s Pond Trail, Haootia quadriformis is a 560-million-year-old fossil that tells the story of when animals first flexed their muscles. Get familiar with this rare creature that’s on display at The Rooms in St. John’s.
Trilobites are ancient marine invertebrates that helped us understand how animals evolved skeletons. You can see the remarkable giant trilobite fossil just outside of St. John’s at Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.
Mistaken Point Fossils
Out on the platforms at Mistaken Point are some of the oldest complex multicellular lifeforms found anywhere on Earth. And it's not just one isolated fossil, but thousands that make up an entire community from 565 million years ago.
Quidi Vidi Fossil
While walking along the boulders that surround Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's, you can find some of the oldest signs of life in the world. These armour stone rocks are roughly 570 million years old, and this is one of only a dozen places on the planet where you can find fossils this old.
Thrombolites are some of the earth’s most primitive life forms that date back 650 million years. These living rocks are only found in two places in the world, one of which is Flower’s Cove.
Carboniferous Fossil Trees
Within the fossilized forest of Stephenville, you’ll find 305 million-year-old tropical trees that grew when the province was still a part of Pangea. This fossil bed is believed to be where the world’s first seed-producing trees grew on slopes.
Discover Remarkable Rocks
Labradorite is the provincial mineral of Newfoundland and Labrador. When light interacts with this vibrant crystal, it reveals the stunning shades of colour hiding within. You can view a large specimen at the Johnson Geo Centre or find handcrafted jewellery in shops across the province.
Peridotite is a type of rock that is found in Gros Morne National Park. It begins as a dark green colour when it’s hidden deep under the Earth. But the moment it reaches the surface, it becomes the rusty, red landscape that the Tablelands is known for.
Fluorite is the most colourful mineral in the world. That’s why it gets carved and polished to create vibrant gemstones that are sold in gift shops. Many industries also use it to create tools like non-stick pans and solar panels.
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