BLOGOSAUR

Thanks GP Auto Group!

GP Auto Group presented the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum with a cheque for $38,200 today at Grande Prairie Chrysler Jeep Dodge. The Auto Group held a special ‘Dino Days’ promotion during the month of July and donated the proceeds towards an overall commitment of $100,000 to sponsor the museum’s Bonebed exhibit. “The Grande Prairie…

Read More September 27, 2014

Ask a Palaeo!

How long does it take to dig up a dinosaur bone? By Dr. Matthew Vavrek The length of time it takes to dig up a dinosaur depends on so many things, and can vary from a few days to decades. For smaller skeletons in soft sediments, the skeleton can often be taken out in just…

Read More September 17, 2014

Thanks Saddle Hills County!

Saddle Hills County presented a cheque for $150,000 to the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum on September 2, 2014, at the museum site. Saddle Hills is sponsoring the Palaeontology Research Centre (PRC) in the museum. The PRC will be the hub for year-round, ongoing research for the…

Read More September 2, 2014

Amber Weekend!

The Amber Weekend is over and it was an incredible time, start to finish. From the Keys to the Region Ceremony on Thursday, August 7th to the Mighty Peace Harley-Davidson Aykroyd Family Ride on August 9th to the Amber Ball later that evening, thousands of people were involved. There was incredible generosity displayed by our…

Read More August 13, 2014

Dino of the Month: Mercuriceratops!

Mercuriceratops is a new species of horned dinosaur that was described last month by a team from Canada and the USA, including Dr. Philip Currie. The dinosaur itself is found both in Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta and along the Missouri River in Montana. In each locality a squamosal was found, one of the bones of…

Read More July 11, 2014

Ancient life from the Peace River

By Dr. Matthew Vavrek During the summer of 2012, I spent five days floating down the Peace River with former Currie Museum palaeontologist Dr. Phil Bell and two graduate students from McGill University by the names of Trina Du and Ben Wilhelm. Although the Grande Prairie area is becoming well known for a whole host…

Read More May 14, 2014

Dino of the Month: Sinoceratops

Sinoceratops is a large ceratopsian (horned) dinosaur from China. It is unique in being the only confirmed ceratopsid (advanced ceratopsian) from Asia. Although Asia has produced many primitive ceratopsians like Protoceratops and Psittacosaurus, advanced members of the group like Pachyrhinosaurus and Triceratops were only known from North America. It has large forward-curling spikes along the edge of its frill, and a…

Read More May 9, 2014

Life in Miniature: Vertebrate microsites

By Matthew Vavrek Although the Cretaceous Period was a period of time best known for its multitude of giant dinosaurs, there were still plenty of other, much smaller animals living at the same time. However, these smaller animals present a problem for many palaeontologists because they are so small. A big dinosaur, with large, robust…

Read More May 8, 2014

May Construction Update!

By Karla Horcica, PCL Construction The concrete, steel, and wood structure of the building is now complete. Crews continue to work on the roof and walls to make the building weather-tight, but at least now they get to work in warmer weather and sunshine! Meanwhile, inside the building, the walls are being laid out and steel…

Read More May 8, 2014

Ask A Paleo! Where in the world are dinosaurs from?

By Robin Sissons Dinosaur fossils are found everywhere in the world, from one pole to the other, on every continent, even on a the small Chatham Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. From Cryolophosaurus and Antarctopelta in the Antarctic, to Pachyrhinosaurus and Nanuqsaurus in the Arctic, and everything in between, dinosaurs are found at all lattitudes. The island of Madagascar brings…

Read More May 2, 2014