Wading Through History: Fossil Hunting Along Rivers Affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood.

Speaker Series 2016: "Wading Through History: Fossil Hunting Along Rivers Affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood." The flooding of several Southern Alberta river systems in 2013 affected hundreds of thousands of Albertans across dozens of communities and caused billions of dollars in damage. A lesser known impact of the floods is that the destructive … Continue reading Wading Through History: Fossil Hunting Along Rivers Affected by the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood.

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

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

The Warm Fuzzies: Mammals and Climate Change in the Eocene of North America

Speaker Series 2015:  “The Warm Fuzzies: Mammals and Climate Change in the Eocene of North America” The Eocene Epoch (~55.5 to 35 million years ago) encompasses a number of significant climatic events in addition to well-documented immigration and extinction events that played an integral part in determining the current distribution of mammals across North America. … Continue reading The Warm Fuzzies: Mammals and Climate Change in the Eocene of North America

Alberta: Land of Dinosaurs and Other Palaeontological Wonders

Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series celebrates 140 years of dinosaur discoveries in Alberta. Dr. François Therrien from the Royal Tyrrell Museum on “Alberta: Land of Dinosaurs and Other Palaeontological Wonders.” In addition to the Rocky Mountains and its oil industry, Alberta enjoys an international reputation for another type of natural resource: dinosaurs. Based on the … Continue reading Alberta: Land of Dinosaurs and Other Palaeontological Wonders

Messages from Meteorites: The Growth of Planets & the Delivery of Possible Seeds of Life

Speaker Series 2015: “Messages from Meteorites: The Growth of Planets & the Delivery of Possible Seeds of Life” While very little evidence is left of Earth’s early days, the highly cratered surfaces of the Moon and Mars indicate that the Earth must have had a very tumultuous past characterized by abundant meteorite impacts. In her … Continue reading Messages from Meteorites: The Growth of Planets & the Delivery of Possible Seeds of Life

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

Assessing the Efficacy of Youth Participation in Scientific Research

Speaker Series 2015: “Assessing the Efficacy of Youth Participation in Scientific Research” This week’s session features the Museum’s very own Marcy Belva, Science Educator, who used the Encana Badlands Science Camp as a case study for her Master in Museum Studies degree. Her research included observations of data collection, interviews with scientists and participants, and … Continue reading Assessing the Efficacy of Youth Participation in Scientific Research

The 2013 Alberta Flood: Causes and Consequences

Speaker Series 2015: “The 2013 Alberta Flood: Causes and Consequences” The next session in the 2015 Royal Tyrrell Museum Speaker Series is a presentation by Dr. Jon Noad from Husky Energy on the causes and consequences of the floods that hit Alberta in June 2013, which resulted in over 100,000 people being evacuated from their … Continue reading The 2013 Alberta Flood: Causes and Consequences