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

A Definitive Guide to Triprojectates

My research is different from other palaeontologists working at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. I study part of a living life cycle; organic-walled microfossils like plant spores and pollen, fungal spores, and algae. These microscopic fossils are scooped up with sediment, bathed in acid to dissolve unwanted materials, mounted on slides, and examined closely under a … Continue reading A Definitive Guide to Triprojectates

Mapping Bones in a Dinosaur Bonebed

Bonebed 30 (BB30) in Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks, Alta., is about the size of a football field. It contains tens of thousands of fossil bones from the horned dinosaur, Centrosaurus apertus that were buried by a coastal flood 76 million years ago. Although there are hundreds of bonebeds in Dinosaur Provincial Park, only a … Continue reading Mapping Bones in a Dinosaur Bonebed

Going…Going…Home to Alberta!

A chasmosaur skull slated to go to auction on November 19, 2013 will now, thanks to a transfer agreement between the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM), be coming home to Alberta. The chasmosaur (horned dinosaur) skull, collected by Charles H. Sternberg in 1917 in what is now Dinosaur Provincial … Continue reading Going…Going…Home to Alberta!