Prehistoric track way presented to Adams

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Student announces find will be named after retired curator

PARRSBORO - Ken Adams received one more special presentation this week, one that dates back more than 300 million years.
The retired Fundy Geological Museum curator was presented with a framed replica of a prehistoric track way by university student Tyler Shaw, who is publishing a paper on the discovery.

Retired Fundy Geological Museum curator Ken Adams accepts a framed replica of a prehistoric track way discovered at nearby East Bay, from university student Tyler Shaw, who is publishing a paper that will see the discovery named after Adams.

Shaw made the presentation to Adams at the museum on Jan. 8 on behalf of the museum and the many independent researchers that have received assistance from Adams over the years.

“You’ve done so much for all of us geologists and paleontologists in Nova Scotia, even us transient ones, that we thought we had to do something for you,” Shaw told Adams during the presentation. “This track way needed a name, so…”

The track way will be named after Adams in a paper that has yet to be published, therefore the actual name cannot yet be announced to the public, explained Shaw, a masters student at the University of Alberta. That is why the presentation could not be made at the anniversary/retirement celebration at the museum last month.

The tracks are of a small prehistoric reptile or amphibian, and were discovered on the west side of East Bay. Adams said he first noticed it about three years ago during a family tour of the area, and his daughter Sarah took the first known photographs of it.

Shaw has been observing it for several years, and last summer created the replica of it.

“It’s high enough on the cliff, you really have to know where it is,” said Adams. “I don’t know how he managed to see it.”

Also working on the paper is Dr. John Calder of the Nova Scotia department of natural resources, who Shaw credited with helping him name it after Adams.

The framed replica represented just a small section of the full track way, according to the student.

“We were going to do a bigger track way, a full three-and-a-half-foot one, but figured (Adams’ wife) Etta wouldn’t let that in the house,” joked Shaw.

Adams reacted emotionally to the presentation, describing it as a tremendous honour.

“Having spent so much time looking and studying, when you look back at the people’s names that appear on these, they are some pretty outstanding researchers and paleontologists,” he said. “To have the opportunity to be included in that… took me a second to believe.”

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: University of Alberta, Nova Scotia department of natural resources

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, East Bay

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