Free Lecture Series: Dr. Rich McCrea
Date(s) - 08/04/2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Aykroyd Family Theatre
Topic: The Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site
Our team uncovered close to 750 m2 of track surface and exposed nearly 1200 dinosaur tracks. There are at least 12 different track types including a few varieties of large, meat-eating dinosaurs (theropods), a couple of mid-sized theropods and two small theropods. There tracks of large, medium and small-sized plant-eating dinosaurs (ornithopods) and at least one type of bird. Most of the above, with the exception of the bird tracks, were known from time-equivalent rocks from the Peace River Canyon which were flooded in 1979. There are two dinosaur track types from the Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site that were never observed from any of the Peace River Canyon track sites including two lengthy trackways of sauropods (brontosaurs) which is currently the northernmost record of this group in North America, and possibly the world. The other is a very large theropod track type with four functional digits (toes) that has never been described from anywhere else in the world.