The Dinosaur in the Details: Welcome, Murusraptor

Sometimes, even when we can perfectly describe the preserved anatomy of a fossil animal, we still don’t always know where it falls on the tree of life. This is certainly true for South America’s newest dinosaur, Murusraptor barrosaensis, a new megaraptorid meat-eating dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia, South America, described recently by museum namesake Philip Currie and his colleague Rodolfo Coria, who led the study.

Murusraptor would have been an intimidating beast 90 million years ago when it hunted the South American landscape. About 6.5 metres long with a long low skull filled with serrated teeth and large curved claws on three-fingered hands, Murusraptor was the top predator in South America in its day. With its recent description, it’s now also one of the best known species in its family, the Megaraptoridae. However, despite the name, …


9 awards in 9 months!

We have received our ninth award, after being open for only 9 months! Read more about the Prairie Design Award for Excellence below!

 

DINO MUSEUM WINS 2016 PRAIRIE DESIGN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE.
Setting an unprecedented incredible 9 Awards in 9 months, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum has notched up a formidable array of endorsements!  The 2016 awards were hosted and organized by the Saskatchewan Association of Architects jointly with the Professional Associations of Alberta and Manitoba, and were announced on June 3rd at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan jointly with the professional Architects Associations of Manitoba and Alberta. One hundred and one submissions were received in four categories: Recent Work, Small Projects, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design. Of the projects selected, four received the Award of Excellence.

 

“Of course, we are thrilled …


We are the seventh biggest Museum Opening of the year!

According to Condé Nast Travelerm well known traveling and lifestyle blog, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum (us!) ranks as the seventh largest museum opening of the year for 2015. We are now officially ranked amongst world-class heavyweights such as the Shanghai Museum of Natural History and the Singapore National Gallery. This reinforces the fact that wherever you’re located, be it a small town or a buzzing industrial city, content is key; we are intimately tied to our rural setting, providing an experience unrivaled in the entire world.

Check out what other institutions made the list! Here’s the link to it:

http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2016-05-11/10-biggest-museum-openings-of-the-year/7…


The Art of the Meal

I am excited to announce this week the publication of a scientific paper that I have been working on. The paper is quantitative in nature, so it does not contain any new fossils to report. However, it does report, I think, some important results relating to the extinction of dinosaurs and the survival of birds at the end of the Cretaceous.…


What Big Claws You Have: Northern Alberta Welcomes New Raptor Dinosaur

There is a new raptor dinosaur (dromaeosaur) in town. Boreonykus certekorum (meaning “Certek’s northern claw”) is the newest dinosaur named from the Peace Region. Recently described by former Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum palaeontologist Phil Bell and our namesake Philip Currie, this new species hails from the Pipestone Creek bonebed that features prominently in the galleries here at the museum.

For those of you unfamiliar with our museum, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is situated near the Pipestone Creek bonebed, one of the densest dinosaur fossil sites in the world. The site is a monodominant bonebed of the horned dinosaur Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai. But even though remains of Pachyrhinosaurus dominate the site, it’s not the only dinosaur remains we find there. With the description of Boreonykus, the first identifiable meat-eating dinosaur found from the area, the number of


Eggs-cellent News: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies Populate Museum

If there is one thing that I am really happy about in terms of how dinosaurs are portrayed in modern popular media, it’s that the public’s perception of dinosaurs as lumbering, uncaring beasts has largely given way to the idea that dinosaurs were intelligent, interesting animals with fascinating behaviours, behaviours that scientists are actively piecing together. However, I think most people, when they think of dinosaurs, usually still think about them as fully-grown animals. Few people think about different kinds of dinosaur eggs and nests, or what we actually know about baby dinosaurs or how dinosaurs grew. Fewer people still seem to know that baby dinosaurs also differed in proportion to adult dinosaurs and also often lacked the horns, hooks, and crests of their adult counterparts.

It’s this aspect of dinosaur palaeobiology, the hatchlings and the dinosaur eggs from which …


A New Blogosaur and a New Face at the Museum

Hello. Welcome to the Blogosaur, the official blog of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, northern Alberta’s newest palaeontological museum. Posting on the Blogosaur has slowed recently, but I have now taken up the mantle of posting material here, and …


The Amber Ball pictures are out!

Along with the photographs from the Cornerstone dedication, the VIP reception and the Harley Davidson bike ride, the professional pictures taken during the Amber Ball are now available for download. Follow these links to get them!

Amber Ball: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137043459N08/sets/72157657609828203

Cornerstone: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137043459N08/sets/72157659522407520

Harley Bike Ride: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137043459N08/sets/72157659940726861

VIP Reception: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137043459N08/sets/72157657600960124…


Jurrasic World Dinosaurs

I’m sure that most of you have seen Jurassic World by this point, or if you haven’t, you’re at least planning to. It’s a lot of fun and the dinosaurs are awesome but I personally believe that they dropped the ball a little in showing the same old pop culture dinosaurs. Yes, Triceratops, Velociraptor and T. rex are cool but there are many lesser-known dinosaurs who are equally cool. Let me give you a few examples:

 

Spinosaurus (Yes, I know it was in Jurassic Park 3 but Spinosaurus deserves a better movie)

T-rex is big and tough. But it wasn’t actually the biggest carnivorous dinosaur we know of. That honour belongs to Spinosaurus, which may have been as much as 18 metres long. It didn’t look much like a T. rex – it had a long, narrow …


Thanks GP Auto Group!

GP Auto Group makes Dino Days donation

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 Auto Group is thrilled to be part of this extraordinary project and be given the opportunity to give back to the community that supports us,” said Wes Kaban, President and Dealer Principal. “We look forward to providing future contributions to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.”…



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