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.”…

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 a couple of weeks. However, some dinosaurs are much harder to excavate. For example, Cryolophosaurus, a dinosaur from Antarctica, was first found in 1991, and scientists are still returning to continue digging out the only known skeleton.

It is taking so long because the area is so hard to access and is often too cold to get to, and the fossils themselves are in rocks that are harder than concrete. Also, digging up a dinosaur is only the first step. After the dinosaur is dug …

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 in-house palaeontologists and the base of operations for those visiting from other institutions around the world. Left to right, Ross Sutherland, Chair, River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society, Reeve Alvin Hubert, Saddle Hills County and Reeve Leanne Beaupre, County of Grande Prairie No. 1.…

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 sponsors and by the hundreds of volunteers involved. We really can’t thank you enough! Here are a few pictures from the festivities. If you’d like to see more, there are hundreds on our Facebook page!

Municipal leaders from around the Peace Country held a Keys to the Region ceremony for Dan Aykroyd, Donna Dixon Aykroyd and their daughters at Grande Prairie City Hall on August 7, 2014 to honour their contributions to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum project. Dr. Philip Currie was the …

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 the head. This bone was so distinctively different from those of all other horned dinosaurs however, that it was determined to be a new animal. This find further underscores the incredible diversity of dinosaurs found in the fossil record.

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 of dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, the animals that lived where the Peace River now flows were much older.

Near Grande Prairie, the exposed rocks are part of the Wapiti Formation, a unit of rocks that ranges from 80 to 69 million years old, while along the Peace River the exposed rocks are mostly from the Dunvegan Formation, and are about 94 million years old. In fact, the rocks along the Peace River contain some of the oldest dinosaurs from Alberta, and as such can …

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 single large horn above its nose.…

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