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Global and regional environmental signals of the Mississippian/Pennsylvanian strata in the Liard Basin Northwest Canada
Principal Investigator: Fedorowski, Jerzy A.
Licenced Year(s): 2018
Summary: The principal aim of this project is to examine the settlement, development and decline of the fossil corals as a response to environmental conditions in the Liard region during Mississippian to early Pennsylvanian times (358.9 to 314.6 million years ago). The study will be conducted against the background of the world-wide expansion of corals in the Viséan age (346.7 - 330.9 million years ago) an...


Pliocene environmental change on Prince Patrick Island
Principal Investigator: Gosse, John C
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016
Summary: Our main goals of this research project are: 1.) to collect sediment samples that will be used to provide ages of the sediment in the Beaufort Formation on Prince Patrick Island; and, 2.) to collect samples of fossil material (wood, plants, bone) that can be analyzed to produce climate reconstructions for the Pliocene. The research team will travel to approximately 5-6 site locations. The t...


The microfossil record of the Cambrian explosion
Principal Investigator: Smith, Martin R
Licenced Year(s): 2016
Summary: The objectives of this research project are to measure continuous sedimentary sections spanning Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition; to use geochemical approaches to precisely constrain the age and depositional conditions of the strata; and, to obtain Small Carbonaceous Fossils and Small Shelly Fossils from temporally-constrained strata in order to determine the rate of evolution through the Cambri...


Vertebrates of the Ancient Arctic Seas: Palaeontology of the Late Cretaceous Anderson River Formation, northern Northwest Territories, Canada
Principal Investigator: Vavrek, Matthew J
Licenced Year(s): 2016
Summary: The research team will be travelling to the Anderson River via helicopter, approximately 220 km due west of Inuvik. The team will be camping in a small fly camp while in the field. Two weeks will be spent in the field, searching the exposed rocks along the banks of the Anderson River for fossils of extinct marine vertebrates. All work will be done on foot. Any fossils that are found are important ...


Stratigraphy of the Hyland Group, Selwyn Mountains
Principal Investigator: Turner, Elizabeth C
Licenced Year(s): 2013
Summary: This project seeks to understand the ancient marine environments recorded in these rocks, and thereby to interpret this poorly known, dramatic time in North America’s tectonic evolution. The areas addressed will be those that were briefly described in 1993: 1 location is in Yukon Territory (YT) and 2 are in Northwest Territories (NWT). This work will complement licensed research currently under wa...


Reconstructing Pliocene Environmental Change and Landscape Dynamics using the Beaufort Formation on Northwest Banks Island, NT
Principal Investigator: Gosse, John C
Licenced Year(s): 2013
Summary: The primary objectives are to i) collect fossils (i.e. peat, bone, wood, and other sedimentary proxies) for paleoenvironmental reconstructions and, ii) document the age of the Beaufort Formation (Fm) at Ballast Brook, northwest Banks Island using a new approach based on the exposure of quartz sand grains to cosmic radiation: terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide (TCN) burial dating. The cosmogenic nuclid...


The Search for Early Fossil Sharks in Lower Devonian rocks of the Mackenzie Mountains, NWT
Principal Investigator: Wilson, Mark V.H.
Licenced Year(s): 2013 1998 1996 1990
Summary: The 2 objectives of this research project are: 1) to recover some of the oldest-known body fossils of sharks and their relatives as well as other associated fossils. The anatomy of the fossil species will be described in detail and published in international journals. These fossils will allow identification of fragments of related species found at other sites worldwide, and will allow the researc...


Cambrian stratigraphy
Principal Investigator: Pratt, Brian R.
Licenced Year(s): 2012 2002 2000 1998
Summary: The principal investigator has been working off and on for many years on the stratigraphy and paleontology of Cambrian strata of the Mackenzie Mountains. This is a critical region of North America because the record of sedimentation on the flank of the continent as it was over half a billion years ago is particularly extensive with little interruption. At the section of interest the lower part of ...


Behavioral analysis of trace fossils at the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary
Principal Investigator: Narbonne, Guy
Licenced Year(s): 2013 2012
Summary: The world’s earliest animals appeared in the Ediacaran Period about 580 million years ago, and soft worm-like animals capable of movement appeared suddenly worldwide 555 million years ago. Previous studies (Narbonne and Aitken, Palaeontology, 1990; MacNaughton and Narbonne, Palaios, 1999; Narbonne, The Rise of Animals, 2007) have shown that these fossils are especially well represented in the Mac...


Precambrian banded iron-formations: palaeoceanographic, palaeoclimatic, and palaeobiologic implications
Principal Investigator: Aubet, Natalie
Licenced Year(s): 2011 2010
Summary: Objectives The researcher intends to better resolve the climatic and oceanic chemical conditions that ultimately led to the origins of animal life and the so-called ‘Cambrian explosion’ by focusing on the exceptionally well-preserved ancient banded iron formations from the Rapitan Group (NWT, Canada) and the overlying carbonate units. Specifically, detailed chemical and isotopic analyses of these...


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