Local fossil classification
Learn to identify your fossil
Would you like to identify a fossil from the Témiscamingue area? If you do, we'd like to invite you to learn more about these sea creatures which have lived millions of years ago. In our area, we have the chance to have a great many specimens of the Silurian (444 to 416 million years) and Ordovician (488 to 444 million years) period. The museum collection offers many fossils to see that represents the main families found in this learning section:
Stromatolites / algae rocks
Stromatoporoids / rough sponges
Receptaculites / sunflower skeleton algae
Corals / stomach animals
Brachiopods / filtering animals on foot
Gasteropods / sea snails
Nautiloids / thinker with tentacles
Trilobite / bugs with articulated legs
Crinoids / plankton lovers
If you need help to identify your fossil
- Take a picture and send us an e-mail at ;
- Or come and visit us at the museum with your fossil and we'll help you out. While you're here, you can further your knowledge by visiting our galleries (fees applies) with our described and illustrated local collection.
To help you identify your fossil, take some time to look at the identification keys developed by the Dolomieu Institute (French Only) or the Kentucky Geological Survey of the University of Kentucky :
Kentucky Geological Survey
Home page: http://collections.obs.ujf-grenoble.fr
Identification keys: http://collections.obs.ujf-grenoble.fr/paleontologieenseignementclef.html
We also like National Audubon Society's Field Guide to Fossils.
You're an expert? We're looking for help!
The area possess many species of fossils which we are unable to identify. If you'd like to help us identify fossils, we can provide you with pictures and on-site look. It is not our policy to lend fossils for identification. Contact us, and we'll add you as an available resource for fossil identification: