Unearthing some real gems
You never know what you’ll find when you start digging 30-35 metres underground, particularly when the area you’re excavating used to be seabed. Our team and contractor are currently excavating along the route where tunnelling will kick off in April/May. Recently, the team dug up some true gems including a 3-4 million year old cockle – Maoricardium spatiosum. If that’s not impressive enough, a prehistoric whale vertebrae believed to be from a Baleen Whale
was also unearthed. So far 82 fossil species have been found and identified. To find out more about these rare finds, listen to Executive Programme Director Shayne Cunis talking with RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan: tinyurl.com/2qaqnrs5
Thank you to Auckland Geology Club, Geologist and Marine Ecologist Dr Bruce Hayward, and Molluscan Palaeontologist Dr Alan Beu for their work identifying these rare finds.