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

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The Discovery of Canada’s First Known Meat-Eating Dinosaur

On this day in 1884, Canada’s first known meat-eating dinosaur was discovered. Joseph Burr Tyrrell, a 26-year-old geologist working for the Geological Survey of Canada, happened across an impressive dinosaur skull while searching for coal deposits in the Red Deer River valley area. After joining the Geological Survey of Canada in 1881, Tyrrell discovered a … Continue reading The Discovery of Canada’s First Known Meat-Eating Dinosaur

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

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Palaeontology Fieldwork at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Part One

With the cold weather and the short days, it’s safe to say that most people are missing summer. For our palaeontologists though, the winter months are an important part of the research process. In summer, they go out in the field to dig up new specimens. Winter is the time for analyzing what they’ve collected, … Continue reading How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Palaeontology Fieldwork at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Part One

Museum Research Assistant Helped Write One of Most Cited Cretaceous Research Articles in Last Three Years

Congratulations to the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Palaeoichthyology Research Assistant, Dr. Julien Divay. A paper which he coauthored is one of publishing company Elsevier's top five most cited articles from the journal Cretaceous Research for the past three years. Why is this? Dr. Divay explains: The article describes dinosaur ichnoassemblages (assemblages of trace fossils, in this case footprints … Continue reading Museum Research Assistant Helped Write One of Most Cited Cretaceous Research Articles in Last Three Years

NASA Scientists Come To Dinosaur Provincial Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park received a special pair of visitors in August: Drs. Pan Conrad and Dina Bower of the Planetary Environments Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Dr. Conrad is an astrobiologist and mineralogist. She studies both minerals and extraterrestrial life. Dr. Bower is a palaeobiologist and geobiologist—she studies microbes from … Continue reading NASA Scientists Come To Dinosaur Provincial Park

Who Can Do Science? Everyone!

The Royal Tyrrell Museum believes that science should be accessible for everyone to understand and engage with. This is why we are involved with the citizen science movement. Citizen science is the concept of having civilians work with professionals to collect and measure scientific data together. To engage people with palaeontology, there are several programs … Continue reading Who Can Do Science? Everyone!

Stones, Bones, and Feathers: Ask A Curator Day 2016

If you could ask a museum curator anything, what would you ask? How they got their job? What their favourite specimen is? The actor who should play them on TV? On September 14, 2016 curators around the world took to Twitter for #AskACurator Day to answer these questions. The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Dr. François Therrien, … Continue reading Stones, Bones, and Feathers: Ask A Curator Day 2016