Bone up on your fossils

Our Driftwood Fossil Beds are known worldwide for their well preserved plant, insect, and fish fossils, and especially as the site where fossils of the Eocene salmon were first found. The Driftwood Fossil Beds are also the subject of a terrific talk to be given in Smithers on Thursday, May 26 by Dr. Bruce Archibald, Simon Fraser University Research Associate. Archibald tells a fascinating story of how our fossil beds reveal a past ‘arms race’ for survival between bats and green lacewings (a common insect still around today in our gardens) and how climate affects the distribution and diversity of life. The talk will be at 7.30 p.m. in Room 123 at the new Northwest Community College building and is sponsored by the B.V. Naturalists. Everyone is welcome. Archibald will also be giving a noon-hour talk on Friday, May 27 at NWCC on “Global patterns of biodiversity, climate and British Columbia Eocene insects”. This talk is sponsored by the BV Centre for Natural Resources Research and Management.