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Ichnology of the Winterhouse Formation

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Highlights of a short ichnological exploration of the Winterhouse Formation at Long Point on the Port au Port Peninsula, western Newfoundland.


The Winterhouse Formation is of Late Ordovician age, sitting in the Long Point Group between the Lourdes and Misty Point Formations.  We have been interested in the unit as it sits around the oil window, and there has been some prior work on the palaeontology Bergstrom 1974 and palynology Gillespie 1998 (unpublished MSc thesis Memorial University- helen still works here in the CREAIT facility).  I saw my first Receptaculites which was a suprise.  I am kind of intrigued by them- it is ages since I came across a type of fossil I have never even heard of.


The ichnology of the succession is wonderful.  It is our intention that we will use the locality as part of the pre-conference fieldtrip for Ichnia 2012 (the third Meeting of the International  Ichnological Association) that we are hosting in August 2012.

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The wonderful Chondrites are a highlight of this locality, which also has some mystery taxa that I for one cannot identify.  We have some ichnofabric work ongoing at present which should be finished in time for the meeting.