Local Kitchener-Waterloo fossils

Many people believe that in order to find good fossil specimens one must go to special locations outside of Waterloo county. But, in fact, you can find fossils which were formed in a tropical sea that covered this area over 400 million years ago. They were transported here during the ice age by massive glaciers and are now waiting to be picked up by you!

Allan Thompson, a friend of the museum, collected all of the specimens in the display below locally. He prepared them and gave them to Peter Russell as they provide a great example of what can be found just by searching through patches of stone and gravel around the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. 

In the Ordovician and Silurian time periods (485-419 million years ago) this area was a tropical sea with corals. This was a similar place to the coral islands and reefs we see in places like Australia today. Found in these ancient reefs were many different forms of life. Shown by the fossils in the pictures below are a few examples of these ancient creatures.