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Olivier Matton

Fascinated by the history of life on Earth from an early age, Olivier Matton discovered the fossils at Miguasha as a child during family vacations in Gaspésie. In the summer of 2000, a student job at Parc national de Miguasha introduced him to the unique scientific wealth and fascinating paleontological world of the Miguasha cliff with its many hidden treasures. After completing university studies in biology and earth sciences, he was fortunate enough to relocate to the Chaleur Bay area in 2008. Since then, he has been the Conservation and Education Director at Parc national de Miguasha and firmly believes in the importance of providing popular science information about this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Parc national de Miguasha: When Fish Ruled the World

   |   By Olivier Matton

Waves crash on the beach, creating a soothing sound. In the water, fish abound. At first glance, this may sound like a description of one of Gaspésie’s many enchanting coastal landscapes. In fact, it is… some 380 million years ago, in the middle of the Devonian Period. Parc national de Miguasha offers visitors the opportunity to discover what links us to this mysterious lost world, thanks to the park’s exceptional fossil collection.

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