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Ed Landing and Steve Westrop

These two geologists have been working together and studying stratigraphy and palaeontology of southern New Brunswick for many years. Dr. Landing has been piecing together the story of ancient Avalonia, often using microfossils as a tool to decipher the story in the rocks. These include ‘small shelly fossils’ like the snail Aldanella, the kind of fossils first described by George Matthew in the late 1800s. Dr. Westrop specializes in the study of trilobites, the classic fossil animal representing the Cambrian Period. Again, George Matthew was a pioneer in the description of trilobite fossils. Much of Dr. Westop’s work has been conducted at the same sites where Dr. Matthew worked 150 years ago. Small shelly fossils and trilobites have been essential in reconstructing Avalonia.