Designating a Provincial Fossil

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development sought input from the public on selecting a Provincial Fossil to be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia (PDF 153 KB).

Last updated: December 14, 2020

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The selection of a Provincial fossil supports the principles of the Fossil Management Framework. The Framework recognizes fossils as important heritage resources with scientific and educational value.

British Columbia’s list of official symbols and emblems include:

  • Pacific Dogwood - adopted as the floral emblem in 1956
  • Jade - adopted as official gemstone in 1968
  • Steller’s Jay - adopted as official bird in 1987
  • Western Red Cedar - adopted as official tree in 1988
  • Spirit Bear - adopted as the mammal emblem in 2006
  • Pacific Salmon - adopted as the fish emblem in 2013

The voting period closed on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Results of the voting process

The fossil candidate that received the most votes is the Elasmosaur(marine reptile). 

Provincial Fossil Voting results. The  Elasmosaur won with 48% of the votes.

To officially add the Elasmosaur to the official emblems of B.C., Government will consider making an amendment to the Provincial Symbols and Honours Act. Next steps for this process are underway.

Fossil candidates