Fossils in Focus: New Research, New Discoveries

Each fall we refresh our Fossils in Focus exhibit with a new selection of specimens. The exhibit reopens this Thanksgiving weekend. Fossils in Focus highlights significant fossils from our vast collection. Only a fraction of our research collection—less than 1%—is currently on display. This year features new research and new discoveries, providing us with a … Continue reading Fossils in Focus: New Research, New Discoveries

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3D Printing a Daspletosaurus Skull for Display

Photogrammetry is the process of making measurements from photographs. Scientists can use photographs to create a digital model of an object or location. There are many different reasons why palaeontologists make digital models of specimens, from studying small and hard-to-see details, to making exact replicas (casts). Although we have the majority of this Daspletosaurus torosus … Continue reading 3D Printing a Daspletosaurus Skull for Display

Artistic Replicas Bring Microscopic Fossils to Life

Did you know that spores and pollen are the most abundant fossils found in the Cretaceous rocks that cover much of Alberta? Just as living plants do today, plants of the past reproduced using spores and pollen. Our former Curator of Palynology, Dr. Dennis Braman, has identified over 1000 different types of pollen and spores … Continue reading Artistic Replicas Bring Microscopic Fossils to Life

Rebuilding Our Reef: Palaeozoic Era Exhibit Reopens

As construction for our expansion progressed, the Devonian Reef diorama had to be moved to accommodate the opening to the new Learning Lounge. We took this opportunity to redevelop our Palaeozoic Era exhibit to showcase a greater diversity of animal life including new specimens from the Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, and Permian periods. Since the … Continue reading Rebuilding Our Reef: Palaeozoic Era Exhibit Reopens

Regaliceratops Returns to Display

The discovery and reveal of Regaliceratops peterhewsi was one of the most exciting dinosaur stories of 2015. Regaliceratops, a new genus and species of ceratopsid (horned dinosaur), is the most impressive horned dinosaur discovery since Triceratops. Regaliceratops has recently returned to permanent display in Dinosaur Hall. These photos document its long journey from discovery to … Continue reading Regaliceratops Returns to Display

Piecing Together the Skull of Daspletosaurus

This skull of Daspletosaurus torosus is one of the best-preserved theropod skulls in our collection. The skull is unique in that it is a disarticulated skull, where all the bones were found separately and were not crushed flat during fossilization. Daspletosaurus was a large tyrannosaur that lived 77.3 – 75 million years ago in Alberta … Continue reading Piecing Together the Skull of Daspletosaurus

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

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

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