From Discovery to Display: The Journey of the Castle River Hadrosaur

The Royal Tyrrell Museum collects thousands of fossils each year through fieldwork and reported finds by members of the public. But what exactly happens when a fossil is discovered? That answer is different for every specimen, but all fossils the Museum collects eventually end up either on display, or in the collection for further research … Continue reading From Discovery to Display: The Journey of the Castle River Hadrosaur

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Fossils in Focus: Global Research of Ancient Alberta

The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s rotating exhibit, Fossils in Focus, reopens this Thanksgiving weekend with a new selection of specimens. Designed to highlight significant fossils from our vast collection, this year features current research being conducted by our scientists and other palaeontologists across the world from a variety of different disciplines. The diversity of research areas … Continue reading Fossils in Focus: Global Research of Ancient Alberta

Palaeoart: The Collaboration Between Art and Science

Palaeoart is the artistic interpretation of prehistoric animals and environments based on the fossil record. It is an increasingly complex and challenging art form. As new palaeontological discoveries are made, our view of the world in the deep past changes. Often, through scientific palaeo illustration—whether for a life-sized exhibit mural or a scientific press release—the … Continue reading Palaeoart: The Collaboration Between Art and Science

How a T. rex Travels from Gallery to Storage

How do you take down a Tyrannosaurus rex? Back in the Cretaceous Period, a mammal wouldn't stand a chance of being able to take down this apex predator; but for the mammals employed at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, taking down a T. rex is just another day at the office. This particular T. … Continue reading How a T. rex Travels from Gallery to Storage

Grounds for Discovery: A New Exhibit on Fossils and Industry

Thousands of cubic metres of soil, gravel, and bedrock are excavated in Alberta every year during industrial activities. A day at work might be just like any other day, or it could be a day when something extraordinary is discovered. In many places around the world, finding the remains of a prehistoric creature at work … Continue reading Grounds for Discovery: A New Exhibit on Fossils and Industry

What Happens When Two Research Fields Collide? A Case Study from Dinosaur Provincial Park

There is much more to palaeontology than just dinosaurs, although they have a tendency to dominate in popular culture. Palaeontology is the study of the history of all life on Earth, through the fossil record. The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s researchers excavate and study fossils from a diverse range of fields. Our scientists study not only … Continue reading What Happens When Two Research Fields Collide? A Case Study from Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dr. Donald Henderson finds first evidence of iguanodontids in Alberta

If you could invent a time machine and hop back 140 million years, to the earliest part of the Cretaceous Period, you would likely see at least one basal iguanodontidian or “iguanodontid.” These ornithischian dinosaurs (the group including ankylosaurs, stegosaurs, horned dinosaurs, and duck-billed dinosaurs) lived all around the globe. The basal iguanodontidians were those at … Continue reading Dr. Donald Henderson finds first evidence of iguanodontids in Alberta

Speaker Series 2017: Discovery, Geological Context and Challenges of Dating a New Hominin, Homo naledi, from the Rising Star Cave, South Africa

The discovery of Homo naledi, a new species of hominin (the group encompassing modern humans, extinct human species, and all close human ancestors) was announced in September 2015. Found in a deep, nearly inaccessible cave system, this was the largest concentration of hominin bones ever found in Africa. The unusual distribution of bones suggested symbolic … Continue reading Speaker Series 2017: Discovery, Geological Context and Challenges of Dating a New Hominin, Homo naledi, from the Rising Star Cave, South Africa

Media Release: Industrial finds unearth palaeontological past

May 12, 2017 A new exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology welcomes Albertans to discover spectacular fossil finds from across the province. As one of the best places in the world for fossil preservation and discovery, Alberta is an exciting window into prehistoric life. The museum’s new exhibit, Grounds for Discovery, showcases some of … Continue reading Media Release: Industrial finds unearth palaeontological past

Speaker Series 2017: Ecological Opportunity and Adaptive Radiation of Fanged Frogs in Southeast Asia

Adaptive radiation is when a group of animals evolve into different forms to fill different roles in their environment. In his talk, Dr. Ben Evans, McMaster University, provides evidence for an example of an adaptive radiation; the fanged frogs of Southeast Asia. Different species of fanged frogs have unique characteristics, including body size and reproductive … Continue reading Speaker Series 2017: Ecological Opportunity and Adaptive Radiation of Fanged Frogs in Southeast Asia