The BBFM has accumulated the largest collection of fossil bones and tracks in all of Eastern Canada. Within the past two decades over 35 tons of material have been gathered. Blue Beach has supplied thousands of specimens of bones to our teams since 1995 (of both fish and tetrapods), and thousands of other fossils ranging from plants to invertebrates, plus over 2000 trace fossils.

Many collectors have contributed their efforts over the years, but the majority have been collected by a dedicated citizen-scientist, Chris Mansky, curator of the BBFM. Many visitors regularly donate their finds to expand the museum collection and make this important material available to researchers from all over the world! Just think! Your fossil find could end up contributing to solving Evolution's Greatest Mystery! The museum has even received entire additional collections since first opening (for example, Acadia University’s collection of Blue Beach fossils). As a result, the BBFM collection has now become a ‘definitive collection’ for many Early Carboniferous topics.

Displays inside the museum, such as this cabinet filled with rhizodont bones, are just the tip of the iceberg! BBFM also has a fossil collection of over 30,000 kilograms of material in storage!

The purpose of making large collections of fossils is to improve the quality of our interpretations. Fossil collections generally only show a fraction of the life-forms present at the time, so we can never see it all; however, the quality of the fossil record can only be improved through the study of large collections. Blue Beach is a perfect example of how much more can be discovered by collecting continuously.

Besides developing the fossil collection, the BBFM has also accumulated the most comprehensive library of vertebrate and plant fossil research in the Maritimes. Without these invaluable reference works we would find it impossible to identify the thousands of fossils in our holdings. This library is clearly another great asset of the BBFM project.