As we approach a new year, we’re looking back on a few of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology’s many 2018 highlights – with grateful thanks to everyone who supports our work!
- The Royal Tyrrell Museum welcomed more than 450,000 visitors.
- Delivered public programs to over 35,000 participants.
- Presented over 1000 school programs to almost 30,000 students.
- Delivered 185 programs remotely to over 6000 participants through our Distance Learning Studio.
- Launched our Royal Tyrrell Museum gallery tour app in six languages.
At the Museum
- The exploded skull of Daspletosaurus torosus went on display in February. This was the first time we 3D-printed a specimen cast for display, and was one of the most complex mounting projects we have undertaken.
- Our Palaeozoic Era exhibit reopened in July with new specimens to highlight the diversity of animal life 514 – 252 million years ago.
- Regaliceratops (‘Hellboy’) returned to display in a new, permanent home in Dinosaur Hall.
- Our photographic exhibit Perspectives reopened, featuring scientific illustrations.
- Fossils in Focus was refreshed in October, featuring a number of new discoveries that give us a stronger understanding of ancient Alberta’s diversity of animal life.
- Started construction on the interior of our expansion.
In the Field
- Collected around 2000 specimens in the 2018 field season, including fossil pollen, plants, mammals, dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and more.
- Discovered a lost ankylosaur (armoured dinosaur) quarry in Dinosaur Provincial Park.
- Collected a plesiosaur from a Syncrude Canada mine near Fort MacMurray, and a complete seven-metre mosasaur from a Korite mine near Lethbridge. Both specimens are marine reptiles.
- Retrieved a partial ceratopsian frill that may give new insights into Wendiceratops.
- Dr. Caleb Brown analysed two isolated ceratopsid horncores, enhancing our understanding of the evolution of horned dinosaur cranial display structures.
- Dr. Don Brinkman and Andrew Neuman were part of the team that identified two new fish species. The sandstone block containing these fishes is currently on display in Grounds for Discovery.
- Dr. Donald Henderson was part of the team that published on why ankylosaurs are preserved upside-down in North America.
- Dr. Don Brinkman was part of the team that identified a new species of Basilemys turtle. This specimen was described more than 90 years after it was collected.
- Dr. Craig Scott discovered a new species of multituberculate (a rodent-like mammal), Catopsalis kakwa.
- Dr. Donald Henderson used three-dimensional, digital models to test whether Spinosaurus was specialized for a semi-aquatic mode of life. His findings suggest that it was not.
- Dr. Craig Scott named a new family of mammals. His research provides insights into the evolutionary relationships of eutherian mammals.
Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society
- Held our 13th annual Speaker Series, bringing free lectures about the latest in palaeontology to the public.
- Our Cooperating Society celebrated its 25th anniversary! The Society has supported numerous exhibits, researchers, conferences, lectures, and events at the Museum.
Looking Forward to 2019
- The Museum Shop will undergo renovations early in the new year.
- Our expansion is opening in 2019! It will offer additional visitor amenities and enhanced spaces for educational programs and interactive learning.