The fossil cliffs at Joggins are world famous, but a fossil found on Blue Beach in Hants County, Nova Scotia has drawn the attention of some of the world's leading paleontologists.

Blue Beach is a five-kilometre stretch along the Avon River where it empties into the Minas Basin and it offers a treasure-trove from earth's history 350-million years ago.

Chris Mansky has been collecting fossils along its shoreline for almost a quarter century and now has a fossil named after him.

“It was a fish, and I didn't find it,” Mansky said. “It was my colleagues who found a little fish here.”

A paleontologist from the University of Calgary discovered a skull casing from a 350-million year old fish here in 2015 -- and unveiled it last month as avonichthys manskyi.

“It was top secret until the day it was published, so it was just as much a surprise that they had even found it, much less name it,” he said.

Paleontologists from universities like Calgary, Harvard, and Cambridge continue to study fossils that Mansky has found here -- including rare tetrapods -- an animal that evolved into amphibians and was among the first to conquer land.

Mansky already had a passion for fossils before he visited Blue Beach, but it grew stronger there.

On a recent field trip to Blue Beach, two busloads of elementary school students hang on his every word – as they should.

Nobody knows the treasures of Blue Beach quite like him. He and his wife, Sonja Wood, have a more than 45,000 kilograms of rock stored in their fossil museum.

Wood has also been immortalized by paleontologists after they named a horseshoe crab fossil after her eight years ago.

"Yeah well we kind of feel like a couple of old living fossils,” said Wood. “But yeah, we're both honoured, not just for ourselves but for our province.”

With files from Jayson Baxter.