Dinosaur of the Month – Anzu wyliei!

By Robin Sissons

Anzu is a type of oviraptorosaur dinosaur which was recently described in March 2014 from fossils found in North and South Dakota. ‘Anzu’ is derived from Mesopotamian legends of a feathered demon of that name. Although it was found in 1998 and has been known for years, and even displayed in museums, it is only in this last month that it was named as a new species. It is the largest known oviraptorosaur from North America.…

Alliance Pipeline Makes a Monster Donation

AllianceLogo-webAlliance Pipeline presented the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum with a $250,000 donation yesterday to help fund the museum’s Education Centre.

A contingent of Wembley Elementary School Grade Four students was on hand to accept the donation on behalf of all the children who will benefit from the museum’s education programs in the years ahead. The school’s Grade Fours have had a special relationship with the museum project over the last three years as the kids have collected cans and bottles to make an annual donation.

“I’m really excited because I can’t wait to learn about all kinds of dinosaurs,” said Kenadi Jones, 10, who was braving the wind with her Grade Four classmates at the museum site. “I like them because they’re all different in their own little ways.”

There will be a lot of learning happening at the …

March Construction Update!

By Karla Horcica, PCL Construction

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur museum incorporates all kinds of unique features. One of these features is a circular concrete stairwell that starts in the basement and rises three storeys to the top of the building.

Inside of the circular stairwell there is a circular elevator core that the stairwell wraps around. If you look closely at the picture you’ll notice that this circular elevator core is made out of concrete.

To form this circular concrete core, steel beams were rolled to the required radius and used as the framework to hold together the vertical elements of the formwork. Once this was complete, the inside of the formwork was lined with plywood. This took lots of screws to force and hold the plywood in the curved shape.

The sections for the circular core were built …

Dino of the Month – Gorgosaurus

By Robin Sissons

Gorgosaurus is a large theropod dinosaur closely related to Albertosaurusand Tyrannosaurus. It was a top predator in its ecosystem, and would have interacted with other dinosaurs such as Centrosaurus and Parasaurolophus, as well as the similarly-sized tyrannosaur Daspletosaurus. At 8 to 9 meters long, a smaller animal than its more famous cousins, Gorgosaurus was none the less still a formidable carnivore who would have prowled the ancient ecosystems of Alberta 76 million years ago during the Cretaceous.…

Ask a Palaeo: how long does it take to put a dinosaur skeleton on display?

By Robin Sissons

Once a fossil is found, it can take a long time with many people working on it before it is ready to be put on display. Small fossils can be excavated from the ground in a few days or even a few hours. Larger fossils or skeletons that require more care may require a months-long season, or even multiple years going back to the same quarry to extract.

Once the fossil is removed from the ground, it is transported back to a laboratory where it may take as little as a few hours, or as much as several years to clean up and glue back together. This depends largely on the hardness of the rock around the fossil, and how fragile or durable the fossil itself is.

If the fossil is a complete skeleton, it may be …

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