An early Miocene mangrove fossil forest buried by a volcanic lahar at BCI

This activity is half-day long and includes two parts. The first part includes a visit to the fossiliferous locality, that is located in a stream near the Shannon trail (approximately a 30 minutes walk). In the locality visitors can observe and the outcrops to discuss the geological context. The second part will be done once we walk back to the visitor’s center (or a lab), where we will do a demonstration a fossil preparation technique for observation so we can explain how we study these type of fossils while looking at the samples under the stereoscope.

General information

Date: June 17, 2024

Location: BCI

Cost per person: $180 estimated

Registration deadline: May 31, 2024


9:00 AMStart walk to the fossiliferous locality
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMObservation of the fossils in the field, paleontological and stratigraphic explanation
10:30 AMStart walking back to the visitor’s center or a lab
11:00 AM – 11:15 AMCoffee break
11:15 AM – 12:00 PMObservation of other samples collected and hands on activity preparing fossils using the acetate peeling techniques

Participant physical demands and responsibilities

Will be necessary to climb down and up on the vertical latter to get in and out of the boat. In the forest the walking pace will be relaxed but you will be walking on uneven ground heading up and down steep hills. Climate is very humid and hot. Bring appropiate clothing, boots, hat, bug/insect repellent and suncreen.