Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Globally Important Fossil Discovered in Prince Edward Island Footprints

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Globally Important Fossil Discovered in Prince Edward Island Footprints

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Globally important fossil found in P.E.I.

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CAVENDISH, P.E.I. - Fossilized footprints discovered on Prince Edward Island last year have been matched with a prehistoric predator, giving the site newfound global significance.

Federal and provincial officials announced Thursday that the series of footprints found last May near Prince Edward Island National Park in Cavendish have been confirmed to be those of the sail-backed Bathygnathus borealis.

The reptile-like mammal lived 100 million years before dinosaurs and is commonly known as the Dimetrodon.

It was considered the top predator of its time.

The footprints mark the only record of life on land in Canada during the Permian period, a geological age 300 million years ago.

Politicians and scientists welcomed the discovery as a feather in the cap for the province's history and research potential. …

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