Research Describes New Fossil Frogs from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta

  Frogs are the most familiar of living amphibians. Adults are distinctive; having a squat body, no tail, and powerful hind limbs. They also are entirely carnivorous, typically eating insects and other small invertebrates, although larger frogs will also consume bigger prey such as snakes, rodents, and even other frogs. Most frogs begin life in … Continue reading Research Describes New Fossil Frogs from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta

New research describes soft tissue and stomach content of well-preserved pterosaur

A new paper published this month in PeerJ biological and medical sciences journal describes a specimen of the small pterosaur (flying reptile) Rhamphorhynchus. The specimen is noteworthy due to the spectacular preservation of soft tissue, stomach contents, and what’s considered to be coprolite (fossilized poop). Research featured in the journal was the collaborative effort of … Continue reading New research describes soft tissue and stomach content of well-preserved pterosaur

A Year in the Life of the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Palaeontology Lab

Speaker Series 2015:  “A Year in the Life of the Royal Tyrrell Museum's Palaeontology Lab” With hundreds of fossils being collected every year in Alberta, the preparation laboratory of the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a busy place. As fossils are being cleaned and sent away for study or display, new discoveries constantly roll in through … Continue reading A Year in the Life of the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Palaeontology Lab

Preparation Lab Timelapse @RoyalTyrrell

Preparation Lab technicians of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology work with fossils as they are made ready for research and display. Doing so takes great patience and care to ensure that specimens are safely handled and prepared, guaranteeing that they will reveal all they have to offer to the scientists who will soon be … Continue reading Preparation Lab Timelapse @RoyalTyrrell

Money for Nothing—Three Decades of Research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Speaker Series 2015: “Money for Nothing—Three Decades of Research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology” This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. In the January 29 edition of the 2015 Speaker Series, Dr. Jim Gardner, Curator of Palaeoherpetology, reflects on the history of the Museum and the accomplishments … Continue reading Money for Nothing—Three Decades of Research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Devil’s Coulee: Alberta’s dinosaur egg site

Palaeontological resources in Alberta are protected under the Historical Resources Act. This not only includes fossils, but also palaeontological significant sites. There are three sites designated in the province: the Willow Creek Hoodoos, Grande Cache Trackways, and Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site (Devil’s Coulee). The Resource Management program at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology … Continue reading Devil’s Coulee: Alberta’s dinosaur egg site

Palaeo-conservation – An emerging field

The Collections Program at the Royal Tyrrel­l Museum is responsible for preserving the integrity of its 130,000 fossil specimens. This includes conservation of all the fossils in storage and on exhibit, which is my job—I’m Rhian Russell, the Museum’s Conservation Technician. Conservation can be preventive in nature, such as controlling the storage environment, or interventive—stabilizing … Continue reading Palaeo-conservation – An emerging field