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Heidi Henderson

Fossil Huntress

Location icon Canada

Freelance Science Writer / ARCHEA / Explorer-in-Residence

Paleontology / Natural History / Travel / Children's Fiction & Non-Fiction

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Musings of the Fossil Huntress meant to captivate, educate and inspire

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FOSSIL PREPARATION: MAMMOTH TEETH

Mammoths were were herbivore grazers native to Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. They lived out their long lives, 60-80 years, on the mammoth steppe, a periglacial landscape with lush grass vegetation. Mammoths used their well-designed teeth to graze on grasses, leaves, trees, shrubs and moss. Theirs was not a pretty end.

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PLESIOSAURS OF THE YORKSHIRE COAST

These two lovely Plesiosaur vertebrae were found by Liam Langley on fossil field trips to the Yorkshire Coast on the east coast of England. Plesiosaurus were large, carnivorous air-breathing marine reptiles with strong jaws and sharp teeth that moved through the water with four flippers.

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PLEISTOCENE SOCKEYE SALMON

Salmon have permeated First Nations mythology and have been prized as an important food source for thousands of years. For the Salish people of the Interior of British Columbia, Canada, salmon was the most important of the local fishing stock and salmon fishing season was a significant social event which warranted the nomination of a "Salmon Chief" who directed the construction of the hooks, weirs and traps and the distribution of the catch.

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APODEROCERAS, YOUR GRACE

This stunning specimen with her regal ridges (and small anomaly) is an Apoderoceras ammonite. Apoderoceras are an extinct genus of cephalopod, an active predatory mollusk belonging to the subclass Ammonoidea. Apoderoceras is, in fact, a wonderful example of sexual dimorphism within ammonites as the macroconch (putative female) shell grew to diameters in excess of 40 cm - many times larger than the diameters of the microconch (putative male) shell.

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Ichthyosaurs Of The Blue Lias

This well-preserved partial ichthyosaur was found in the Blue Lias shales by Lewis Winchester-Ellis. The vertebrae you see are from the tail section of this marine reptile. The find includes stomach contents which tell us a little about how this particular fellow liked to dine.

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