Exciting Summer Finds

September 24, 2019

WEMBLEY, AB – Locating a hadrosaur skull highlighted the work of dinosaur discovery activity in the Grande Prairie area this summer.

An international team of scientists from the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, the University of Alberta, and University of New England in Armidale, Australia, collaborating as part of the Boreal Alberta Dinosaur Project (BADP), have continued unearthing never-before-seen dinosaur remains in the region.

“Although high river levels were a constant challenge this year, we collected some excellent specimens, most notably a hadrosaur skull that looks like it must belong to an interesting and unusual species,” says Dr. Corwin Sullivan, Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum Curator and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta.

The BADP team explored several sites in the area, including locations along the Wapiti, Beaverlodge, and Red Willow rivers, as well as historically known dinosaur spots such as the Pipestone Creek bonebed and the protected Kleskun Hill Natural Area.

Less fossil exploration has previously been undertaken beyond the immediate area, but thanks to new finds by the BADP team, gaps are being filled in our knowledge of Alberta’s dinosaurs.

Bounty of Bones

“The BADP team has been working in the area for several years, and we are now consistently finding good fossil material that we are working to incorporate into the scientific record,” says Derek Larson, Assistant Curator at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, explaining the wealth of fossils that have been found lately in the Peace Region.

“We have more sites to work on now than we have weeks in the summer, so we spent our time collecting as much fossil material for study as we could.”

Supporting Exploration Efforts

Area residents can support local paleontology work by attending Saturday’s annual Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum premier fundraiser.

A Night For The Museum promises to be an evening of great entertainment as the museum and community celebrate with live music, exciting games, rare and unique auction items, imaginative food and drinks, and a few surprises!

Tickets and sponsorship information are available at dinoball@dinomusuem.ca. Cost is $150 per person. Attire is semi-formal. The event is at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre, beginning at 6 p.m.

Image caption: Dinosaur skull found in the rock along the Wapiti River this summer. The rear part of the skull and jaws are exposed on the left. [Image credit: Corwin Sullivan]

Background

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum – a 41,000 square foot world-class facility named for Canada’s preeminent palaeontologist and highlighting the rich fossil resources of Northern Alberta – opened its doors to the public on September 26, 2015. It is Canada’s second devoted dinosaur museum, and is located 19 kilometres west of the City of Grande Prairie in the Town of Wembley.


Media enquiries may be directed to:

Corwin Sullivan Curator Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 780-224-8425 corwin1@ualberta.ca

Derek Larson Assistant Curator Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 587-771-0662, ext. 405 dlarson@dinomuseum.ca

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