Imagine a secret world of tiny fossils, giant crocodilians, and stingrays from the dawn of time, you can see all this and much more at the new exhibition at the Bruce Museum on One Museum Drive in Greenwich Connecticut through April 17, 2016.
Fifty-two million years ago, United States looked much different than it does today — there were vast subtropical forests that stretched across the country that was inhabited by an amazing variety of animals in all sizes from miniature seahorses to large horses with three toes and crocodilians that grew to be fourteen feet or more and were even more primitive looking than they are today. Many of these unique species that died out long ago were preserved in Fossil Lake located in present day Wyoming. This site is one of the most important paleontological sites in the world because of the treasure trove of perfectly preserved fossils found and collected here. Fossil Lake has an abundance of quality fossils from the beginning of the Age of Mammals and the preservation of the flora and fauna found here is exceptional.
Visitors to the exhibition on the Secrets of Fossil Lake at the Bruce Museum will marvel at the quality and range of fossils on display from the leaves of an ancient sassafras tree to the delicate feathers of a tiny bird. A highlight of the exhibition showcases fossils from aquatic animals that lived in the lake itself, as well as terrestrial animals that fossilized when chance moved them into the water and the leaves and fruits and tree branches that grew along the banks of the lake and fell into it. An interesting aspect of this exhibition is the section that shows how scientists remove rock from fossil specimens and how they piece together the life of these ancient extinct species.
The Secrets of Fossil lake boasts two large murals that provide a reconstruction of Fossil Lake to help visitors better imagine what these creatures looked like as well as to help them visualize the plants that surrounded the lake. There is also a video that documents prep work at the site and a hands on activity that will test your skills at identifying fossil skeletons.
There will be a special program on January 12 called The Subtlety of Snakes and a Quarter Billion Years of Lizard Evolution by Dr. Jack Conrad of New York. On March 15, there will be another program called The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time.
For more area information on what to see and do visit www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com