Speaker Series 2015: The Marble Canyon Burgess Shale Locality and the Early Evolution of Fishes

Located in the mountain parks of British Columbia, the Burgess Shale provides some of the best information about the early evolution of complex life 540 to 485 million years ago. The basic body plans of most animals alive today, including vertebrates like ourselves can be traced back to this period. Highlighting new discoveries, Dr. Jean-Bernard … Continue reading Speaker Series 2015: The Marble Canyon Burgess Shale Locality and the Early Evolution of Fishes

A Big Step for a Fish – The Evolution of Four-Legged Land Animals

Speaker Series 2015: A Big Step for a Fish – The Evolution of Four-Legged Land Animals The last part of the Devonian Period and the early part of Carboniferous Period – 380 to 330 million years ago – were important times in the evolution of backboned animals. The Devonian has sometimes been called “The Age … Continue reading A Big Step for a Fish – The Evolution of Four-Legged Land Animals

Artist, Botanist, and Amateur Palaeontologist

Speaker Series 2015: Hope Johnson (1916-2010): Artist, Botanist, and Amateur Palaeontologist Hope Johnson (1916-2010) was a remarkable amateur paleontologist, naturalist, historian, botanist, and artist. Darren Tanke, Senior Technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum presents original research on her remarkable history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMS7nQ7sM7A The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and held every Thursday from January to April … Continue reading Artist, Botanist, and Amateur Palaeontologist

The Role of Beringia in the Global Dispersal of Modern Humans

Speaker Series 2015:  “The Role of Beringia in the Global Dispersal of Modern Humans” Beringia is a geographic area that surrounds the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and Bering Sea, and includes parts of Russia and Alaska. It is most famous for being the location of an ancient land bridge that connected Asia with North America … Continue reading The Role of Beringia in the Global Dispersal of Modern Humans

A Year in the Life of the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Palaeontology Lab

Speaker Series 2015:  “A Year in the Life of the Royal Tyrrell Museum's Palaeontology Lab” With hundreds of fossils being collected every year in Alberta, the preparation laboratory of the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a busy place. As fossils are being cleaned and sent away for study or display, new discoveries constantly roll in through … Continue reading A Year in the Life of the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Palaeontology Lab

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

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