Q&A with Trilobite Specialist Dr. Lukáš Laibl

Dr. Lukas Laibl in the fieldDr. Lukáš Laib in the Fezouata lagerstätte near Zagora, Morocco. Credit: Martina Nohejlová.

Czech palaeontologist Dr. Lukáš Laibl shares wide ranging tips for anyone interested in the study of fossils. His dedicated research about trilobite development and evolution (and trilobite larvae in particular) provides a glimpse into the excitement of discovering unexpected facts about the prehistoric past. Dr. Laibl’s road to a career in palaeontology was heavily influenced by natural history books and he was happy to recommend several books and resources for fellow enthusiasts and aspiring palaeontologists.   

August 24, 2017 by Peter Lovisek

The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Innovative New Exhibit: Grounds for Discovery

Nodosaur Fossil - Grounds for Disovery Exhibit. Image courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta."Mummified" Nodosaur (new armoured dinosaur). Image courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, AB. 

The Royal Tyrrell Museum's exciting new exhibit, Grounds for Discovery, showcases many marvellous fossil specimens that were discovered accidentally through industrial activity. The exhibit is a testament to Alberta’s collaborative relationships between palaeontologists and major corporations, like the energy giant Suncor. We had the pleasure of discussing the unique premise behind the exhibit with Dr. Don Brinkman, the Royal Tyrrell Museum's Director of Preservation and Research. He also discusses the exhibits incredible specimens, including the now famous Nodosaur.

July 11, 2017 by Peter Lovisek

From Sauropods to Microfossils: Meet Professor Jacqueline M. Richard

Jacqueline M. Richard - Paleontologist and Geology Professor, Delgado Community College

In our first instalment of "Profiles in Paleontology" we share a lively and informative discussion with geology professor and paleontologist Jacqueline M. Richard. Several topics were covered, including her pathway to a career in paleontology, teaching experiences at Delgado Community College, fieldwork in Nevada and North Dakota and the challenges of excavating sauropod bones. She also spoke about her fascinating work with microfossils aimed at understanding the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago. 

June 27, 2017 by Peter Lovisek

Probing the Origins of Life: Q&A with NASA Scientist Dr. Chris McKay

Dr. Chris McKay in Antarctica. Source: NASA

Dr. Chris McKay in Antarctica. Source: NASA

How life originated is one of the deepest mysteries of science - this profound question has perplexed humankind for thousands of years. Now, in the twenty-first century, astrobiologists and other scientists have the tools to investigate it; yet, it remains extremely challenging to answer. 

Baby bird found in Burmese amber: Q&A with Dr. Ryan McKellar

Baby bird found in Burmese amber: Q and A with Dr. Ryan McKellar

The shocking discovery of a Cretaceous toothed bird preserved in Burmese amber has made headlines around the world. The 99-million year old hatchling is the best-preserved specimen of its kind: features such as eyelids, ear openings and even feather pigmentation remain. The specimen expands our understanding of early feathers and sheds light on the anatomy, development and lifestyle of a major group of Mesozoic birds, the Enantiornithes, which lived alongside the dinosaurs. 

June 13, 2017 by Peter Lovisek

Spring Open House and Sale Coming Up

Septarian Nodule Flame CarvingVisit Fossil Realm May 6-7 to find the perfect Mother's Day gift! Many unique and beautiful pieces will be on sale. Some great choices include pyrite hearts and eggs, mineral spheres, septarian nodules, amethyst crystals and much more. Fossil Realm is located at 60 Basaltic Rd., Unit 18, in Vaughan, ON 

April 05, 2017 by Peter Lovisek

Winter Open House and Sale Coming Up

Fossil Stingray for SaleOur next open house sale is coming up soon. Check out Fossil Realm on February 25-26, 10am to 5pm. See our biggest selection of inventory ever! Over a ton of "break your own" geodes in 3 sizes -- Huge septarian nodule "thunder eggs" from Madagascar -- Two gorgeous fossil stingrays from the Green River Formation -- Hundreds of iron meteorites - pendants and specimens -- Fantastic amethyst crystals from Brazil 

January 24, 2017 by Peter Lovisek

Happy Holidays!

Puppies with mammoth tibia bone fossilThese little guys and the Fossil Realm team wish you a happy holidays! Yorkie mix with woolly mammoth tibia bone. 


December 21, 2016 by Peter Lovisek

We Often Get Asked How Fossils Are Formed...

Fossil Comic - McHumor.com - Theroy on how fossils were made...wet cement - Fossil Realm

Used with Theresa (T-) McCracken's Permission

December 11, 2016 by Peter Lovisek

Holiday Warehouse Sale - December 3-4

Fossil and Mineral Holiday Sale - 2016We've finalized the dates for our upcoming holiday sale! This is always one of most popular sales because we have some really cool gifts for that special person on your list. We'll be showcasing some amazing new mammal fossils from Siberia, plus there will be fantastic bargains on smaller items! We will be offering free fossil gifts for kids and there is no admission fee. 

October 11, 2016 by Peter Lovisek