Protected Fossil Site

The Manuels River site is a protected fossil site because of its historic significance to trilobite palaeontology and the presence of exceptionally well-preserved and undeformed trilobites.

Under regulations enacted by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador specifically referred to as the NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR REGULATION 67/11 “Palaeontological Resource Regulations under the Historic Resources Act” it is an offense to dig for fossils (with picks, shovels, and other tools) without first obtaining a permit.

A palaeontological investigation shall not be carried out at a significant palaeontological site unless the person who is carrying out the investigation holds a permit for that investigation issued by the minister.

Fossils found in loose shale should be returned to the Interpretation Centre. Provincial Law does not permit any fossils to be removed from the province. All users of the Manuels River should now adhere to these regulations.

paradoxides W shale bed Photo Credit