Bonebed Founder Celebrated

October 8, 2019

WEMBLEY, AB – The second annual celebration of the retired teacher who found the Pipestone Creek bonebed in 1974 is set for Oct. 26 with daylong activities, including free admission.

Al Lakusta Day begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

“It is now 45 years since the discovery of that site and we continue to honour Al’s contributions to palaeontology in the region,” says Executive Director Linden Roberts. “That initial site remains a significant spot for fossil research all these years later, demonstrating that it is one of the densest bonebeds in the world.”

Lakusta was recognized 11 years ago with a species of horned dinosaur in his name Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai.

“Al’s ongoing involvement and enthusiasm are part of our success,” Roberts says.

The museum will be open regular Saturday hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with events ending at 4:00 p.m.

There will be dino-tastic crafts in the classroom and fossil tables around the gallery, all ending at 2:00 p.m. The kids’ costume contest is set for 2:30 p.m. in the Alliance Pipeline Education wing.

Regular charges are in effect for films in the Aykroyd Family Theatre, shopping in the Kaleidosaur Gift Shop and dining at the Dine-O-Saur restaurant, where there will be a special Al Lakusta Day menu and other programs.

The dino bus shuttle is picking up and dropping off from Centre 2000 and the Montrose Cultural Centre. A schedule will be released shortly.

For more information on the event and transportation arrangements, visit: https://dinomuseum.ca/events/al-lakusta-day/

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:

Brittany Westbury Communications and Events Co-ordinator Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 780-882-5852 bwestbury@dinomuseum.ca

Linden Roberts Executive Director Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 587-771-0662 lroberts@dinomuseum.ca

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