Lasting Legacy: Albertosaurus on Display in Canada House

There are many individuals in the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology’s thirty-year history who have contributed to its success as Canada’s dinosaur museum. Maurice Stefanuk (1924-2016) was one of the Museum’s first technicians and research assistants who worked on many of the original specimens that are on display today in our Dinosaur Hall. Born and … Continue reading Lasting Legacy: Albertosaurus on Display in Canada House

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

Collecting Fossils in Alberta

Every spring and summer the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Resource Management Program receives phone calls and emails from amateur fossil collectors, wondering how they can legally collect fossils in Alberta. To ensure that you are collecting fossils in a legal and responsible manner in Alberta, follow these guidelines. Disclaimer: These guidelines apply to all fossils in … Continue reading Collecting Fossils in Alberta

Alberta’s Fossil Protection Legislation

Alberta’s palaeontological resources (fossils) became legally protected on July 5, 1978 when they were added to the province’s Historical Resources Act (HRA). This is the legislation and its associated regulations that we use to preserve and protect Alberta’s plentiful fossils. I will discuss the finer details of Alberta’s fossil legislation and protection strategies in future … Continue reading Alberta’s Fossil Protection Legislation

When a “Big One” is Found – What happens behind the scenes

When companies (or anyone, for that matter) encounter fossils while excavating, the Alberta Historical Resources Act requires them to report the find to Alberta Culture via the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. It is then up to us to determine what has been found, and how to get it out of the way as quickly … Continue reading When a “Big One” is Found – What happens behind the scenes

The Resource Management Program

The Resource Management Program is a relatively small program at the Royal Tyrrell Museum consisting of myself,  Dan Spivak, Head of the Resource Management Program, and Jen, Resource Management Assistant, and typically one or two students during the summer. We do, however, draw upon the experience and expertise of many people at the Museum, including … Continue reading The Resource Management Program