New Species of Turtle Named in Honour of Community Where it Was Discovered

New research by Dr. Jordan Mallon, Canadian Museum of Nature, and Dr. Don Brinkman, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, introduces a new species of Basilemys turtle, Basilemys morrinensis. The species name honours the village of Morrin, Alberta for its role in the discovery of the specimen. Basilemys was a large, terrestrial turtle over one metre … Continue reading New Species of Turtle Named in Honour of Community Where it Was Discovered

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Speaker Series 2018: Insights from China on the Dinosaurian Origins of Birds

By the end of the 1980s, most palaeontologists accepted that birds were the descendants of bipedal, mainly carnivorous dinosaurs known as theropods. At that time, the only known fossil to document the evolutionary transition to birds was Archaeopteryx from the Jurassic Period which was discovered in Germany. This changed with the discovery in the mid-1990s … Continue reading Speaker Series 2018: Insights from China on the Dinosaurian Origins of Birds

New Species of Fishes Discovered in Sandstone Block on Display in Grounds for Discovery Exhibit

New collaborative research conducted on the fish block currently on display in the Grounds for Discovery exhibit, contributes to the reinterpretation of the family relationship of osteoglossomorph fishes. Dr. Allison Murray, University of Alberta, Dr. Darla Zelenitsky, University of Calgary, and Dr. Donald Brinkman and Andrew Neuman, Executive Director, from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology … Continue reading New Species of Fishes Discovered in Sandstone Block on Display in Grounds for Discovery Exhibit

Speaker Series 2018: Evolutionary Experiments in the Early Tetrapod Form

The early origins of amphibians (frogs, salamanders, and caecilians) are not well understood. This is due to their rarity in the early fossil record, as well as incomplete scientific understanding of four-legged vertebrate (tetrapod) evolution and the anatomy of possible amphibian relatives. Newly discovered fossils from the Triassic Period give us insights into the origins … Continue reading Speaker Series 2018: Evolutionary Experiments in the Early Tetrapod Form

New Research Adds to the Understanding of Ceratopsid Evolution

New research by Dr. Caleb Brown published today in the journal PeerJ analyses two isolated ceratopsid horncores and contributes to our scientific understanding of the evolution of ceratopsid cranial display structures. Ceratopsidae were a diverse and abundant group of large-bodied horned dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous that are well-documented in the fossil record (e.g., Triceratops … Continue reading New Research Adds to the Understanding of Ceratopsid Evolution

Marine Turtle Research Contributes to Special Edition of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and its contribution to scientific research, the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences released a special edition in August. Included in this special volume is the paper Marine Turtles from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada, a result of collaborative research with renowned scientists … Continue reading Marine Turtle Research Contributes to Special Edition of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences