Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series celebrates 140 years of dinosaur discoveries in Alberta.
Dr. François Therrien from the Royal Tyrrell Museum on “Alberta: Land of Dinosaurs and Other Palaeontological Wonders.”
In addition to the Rocky Mountains and its oil industry, Alberta enjoys an international reputation for another type of natural resource: dinosaurs. Based on the high diversity and sheer abundance of fossils found within its borders, Alberta easily ranks among the top five places in the world for palaeontological study and discovery. This exceptional landscape results from the fortuitous combination of the province’s geologic past and modern climate, which leaves fossils well preserved and verily leaping out of the hillsides in the badlands.
Although palaeontologists routinely scour the Alberta landscape in search of new fossils, many significant dinosaur discoveries have been made by members of the general public during recreational activities and by industry during exploration and development activities. In his talk, Dr. Therrien will showcase some of the most significant palaeontological discoveries made in Alberta, from the first member of the tyrannosaur family to the first feathered dinosaurs on North American soil, and demonstrate why our province can legitimately be called the “Land of Dinosaurs.”
The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. The series will be held every Thursday until April 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Museum auditorium. Speaker Series talks are also available on the Museum’s YouTube channel.