North Island Explorer: Guide to North Vancouver Island






Permian Bryozoans at Buttle Lake.


Permian Bryozoans

Other names: moss animals.


Photo 1: Bryozoan fossil eroded from a cliff face.

Bryozoans are colony-forming animals that are still abundant today, mostly in marine environments but also in freshwater environments. In the Buttle Lake limestones, fan-shaped bryozoans like the one pictured in the right are quite common, though not nearly as common as the crinoid ossicles.












An example of a permian bryozoan found at Buttle Lake.