Fossils in Focus: New Research, New Discoveries

Each fall we refresh our Fossils in Focus exhibit with a new selection of specimens. The exhibit reopens this Thanksgiving weekend. Fossils in Focus highlights significant fossils from our vast collection. Only a fraction of our research collection—less than 1%—is currently on display. This year features new research and new discoveries, providing us with a … Continue reading Fossils in Focus: New Research, New Discoveries

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3D Printing a Daspletosaurus Skull for Display

Photogrammetry is the process of making measurements from photographs. Scientists can use photographs to create a digital model of an object or location. There are many different reasons why palaeontologists make digital models of specimens, from studying small and hard-to-see details, to making exact replicas (casts). Although we have the majority of this Daspletosaurus torosus … Continue reading 3D Printing a Daspletosaurus Skull for Display

Artistic Replicas Bring Microscopic Fossils to Life

Did you know that spores and pollen are the most abundant fossils found in the Cretaceous rocks that cover much of Alberta? Just as living plants do today, plants of the past reproduced using spores and pollen. Our former Curator of Palynology, Dr. Dennis Braman, has identified over 1000 different types of pollen and spores … Continue reading Artistic Replicas Bring Microscopic Fossils to Life

Regaliceratops Returns to Display

The discovery and reveal of Regaliceratops peterhewsi was one of the most exciting dinosaur stories of 2015. Regaliceratops, a new genus and species of ceratopsid (horned dinosaur), is the most impressive horned dinosaur discovery since Triceratops. Regaliceratops has recently returned to permanent display in Dinosaur Hall. These photos document its long journey from discovery to … Continue reading Regaliceratops Returns to Display

Piecing Together the Skull of Daspletosaurus

This skull of Daspletosaurus torosus is one of the best-preserved theropod skulls in our collection. The skull is unique in that it is a disarticulated skull, where all the bones were found separately and were not crushed flat during fossilization. Daspletosaurus was a large tyrannosaur that lived 77.3 – 75 million years ago in Alberta … Continue reading Piecing Together the Skull of Daspletosaurus

Fossils in Focus: Global Research of Ancient Alberta

The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s rotating exhibit, Fossils in Focus, reopens this Thanksgiving weekend with a new selection of specimens. Designed to highlight significant fossils from our vast collection, this year features current research being conducted by our scientists and other palaeontologists across the world from a variety of different disciplines. The diversity of research areas … Continue reading Fossils in Focus: Global Research of Ancient Alberta

Palaeoart: The Collaboration Between Art and Science

Palaeoart is the artistic interpretation of prehistoric animals and environments based on the fossil record. It is an increasingly complex and challenging art form. As new palaeontological discoveries are made, our view of the world in the deep past changes. Often, through scientific palaeo illustration—whether for a life-sized exhibit mural or a scientific press release—the … Continue reading Palaeoart: The Collaboration Between Art and Science

Fossils In Focus

The Museum’s collection of fossils is vast and diverse. The majority of specimens have been found right here in Alberta, the most remarkable place in the world to find fossils from 80 – 55 million years ago. Only a fraction of our collection is on display throughout the Museum. This rotating exhibit will highlight some of our most remarkable … Continue reading Fossils In Focus