HERITAGE SITE CLASSIFICATION
To better understand the fossils heritage of the area and better preserve them and the specimen they contain, the museum keeps on record its known fossils sites and invites anyone with a worthwhile site to share information with us.
DANGER OF OVER COLLECTING
Reporting and promoting a fossil site entails a type of perverse danger. Inexperienced fossil collectors may rapidly deteriorate an heritage site old of hundreds of millions of years by careless or abusive extraction.
The Fossilarium advance a policy of preservation and selective harvest on sites containing fossils. We encourage to not think as past bison herd hunter: why think ahead, when there will always be more!
In reality we have been proven wrong. Fossils sites will only reveal new fossils as we advance further into the rock cliff or escarpment. Their top soil presence is the product of a long erosion over tens and hundreds of years.
ACCESS TO FOSSILS SITES
To access fossils site, we recommend that an expert guide in paleontology accompany you. The guide will know how to recommend which fossils could be taken and which one would be better off leaving on site as a paleontological date and history marker and which one should be lent or gifted to expert scientist.
Selective harvest at one of our fossil sites
WHY A SELECTIVE HARVEST WITH US IS IMPORTANT
A selective and limited harvest promoted by the Fossilarium allows to save local specimens from destruction quarry with ongoing exploitation where they would be crushed and other sites where erosion would destroy them eventually such as road curbs where calcium and salt are spread during the winter season.
An expert guide can identify your discoveries for you and tell you more about the environment and period in which it has lived. Each collected fossil will be put in a bag with an identification label. If you have made a discovery of a fossil of significant importance to the museum, your name will be kept on record as the discoverer in our collection.
WHEN MAKING A FOSSIL COLLECTION DONATION
If you have collected fossils over the year, big and small, and you're willing to let go of it, you can make a donation to institutions such as a museum, a school, or a gift to a child. Find a second house for your treasure and save it from the garbage dump!
The Fossilarium issues receipt that may be used for tax return purposes for donation which are of interest to us: fossils, rocks, minerals, and insects. The donation needs to have been evaluated by two appraisers independent of the museum. Please contact us with details in advance at.