Eggshells from the Willow Creek Formation show that dinosaurs were more diverse than previously thought at the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs in southwestern Alberta

Alberta is a great place for a dinosaur palaeontologist, with plenty of preserved skeletons and some of the best evidence for dinosaurs in the world. However, in the Willow Creek Formation of southwestern Alberta, which records the last few million years before the extinction of dinosaurs, only three kinds of dinosaur skeletons have been found: … Continue reading Eggshells from the Willow Creek Formation show that dinosaurs were more diverse than previously thought at the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs in southwestern Alberta

Speaker Series 2017: The Teeth They are a-Changin’: The Morphology, Disparity, and Evolution of Theropod Teeth in the Late Cretaceous of the Western Interior Basin

Non-avian theropods are among the closest extinct relatives to birds, but our understanding of their diversity, evolution, and extinction are greatly hampered by their incomplete fossil record. Isolated teeth from the Western Interior Basin, though, provide a continuous sample of these taxa through the last 18 million years of the Cretaceous. In his talk, Larson … Continue reading Speaker Series 2017: The Teeth They are a-Changin’: The Morphology, Disparity, and Evolution of Theropod Teeth in the Late Cretaceous of the Western Interior Basin

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

Speaker Series 2017: Extinction of Mainland and Island Mammoth Populations in Alaska 6,000 Years Ago

The extinction of mammoths is the most prominent of Late Pleistocene extinctions that wiped out nearly 70% of large mammals (megafauna) from western Europe through South America about 10,000 years ago. However, on small islands off the coast of Alaska and Siberia, populations of mammoths persisted for many thousands of years after mainland populations disappeared. … Continue reading Speaker Series 2017: Extinction of Mainland and Island Mammoth Populations in Alaska 6,000 Years Ago

Speaker Series 2017: Almost Like Being There: New Approaches to Deciphering Animal Behaviour from Trace Fossils

The study of ichnology, or trace fossils, is a fascinating field of geology that provides a window into the behaviour of ancient animals. While body fossils help us to understand the morphology of an animal, trace fossils (whether they are footprints, bite marks, or nests) provide evidence that allows us to make inferences about how … Continue reading Speaker Series 2017: Almost Like Being There: New Approaches to Deciphering Animal Behaviour from Trace Fossils

Speaker Series 2017: Canadian Volcanoes, eh? Active Volcanoes on Canada’s Ring of Fire

Recent volcanic activity in western Canada is not widely recognised, despite the occurrence of at least four important eruptions over the last 4,000 years. This is not surprising given the low eruption rates, the remoteness of Canadian volcanoes, and the low population density in volcanic areas. One of the few events with any confirmed observations … Continue reading Speaker Series 2017: Canadian Volcanoes, eh? Active Volcanoes on Canada’s Ring of Fire

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

Speaker Series 2017: How Did Birds Get Their Wings? Feathered Ornithomimids from Alberta Shed Light on the Origin of Wings

The discovery of the first feathered dinosaurs in 1998 irrevocably changed the perception of the physical appearance of dinosaurs. No longer the scaly reptiles of our imaginations, these animals were covered with feathers similar to birds. Since that first discovery, over 40 different species of dinosaurs are now known to have been covered with feathers … Continue reading Speaker Series 2017: How Did Birds Get Their Wings? Feathered Ornithomimids from Alberta Shed Light on the Origin of Wings

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!