Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Art mimics life 200+ million years ago

I went to a really interesting art unveiling on Sunday at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. The Atlantic Geoscience Society commissioned five paintings that depict our region during the Triassic and Jurassic periods. To create the paintings the artist, Judi Pennanen, had to work with a team of experts to piece together everything known about these periods. The team included botanists, geologists and paleontologists.

The paintings will hang in the Fundy Geological Museum which is dedicated to the Triassic-Jurassic periods. All of the animals, all of the plants in the paintings are based on the fossil records found in Nova Scotia, which played a very important part in the formation of the Bay of Fundy region as we now know it.

Here are two of the photos as published in the newspaper today. The first on depicts what the region would have looked like 200 million years ago; the second shows a Prosauropod, a Jurassic-era dinasour that was found near Parrsboro.

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