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

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