in the Tyrrell's 4400 square metres of display space celebrate 3.5 billion years of life on Earth. More than 800 fossils are on permanent display. They include some of the largest land animals the world has known. More than 30 dinosaur specimens can be seen in the main gallery. Included are skeletal reconstructions of large meat-eaters such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Albertosaurus, along with plant-eaters such as Triceratops and Camarasaurus. A grouping of duckbill dinosaurs includes babies, a nest of eggs, a juvenile and full-grown adults. Lifesize models of 4 dinosaurs known to have lived in Alberta some 65 million years ago can be found within the museum galleries and in outdoor exhibits.
Videos, computers and other audio-visual programs provide information on the collection of fossils, continental drift, dinosaur extinction and other topics. A large window enables visitors to watch as fossils are being prepared in the museum's well-equipped preparation laboratory.
Other features include a fully enclosed prehistoric garden, interactive science experiments and guided hikes in the surrounding badlands. A wide range of public programs includes participation in dinosaur excavations and fossil preparation. Annual visitation averages 450 000.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum operates an intensive collection and research program in palaeontology. New specimens are found each year in nearby DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK, where the museum operates its satellite field station. The 500 square-metre field station (opened May 1987) houses displays of dinosaurs and other fossils found in the park. Further afield, the Tyrrell has participated in expeditions to South Africa, the Canadian Arctic and the Gobi Desert. Original research is conducted in vertebrate palaeontology, invertebrate palaeontology, palaeobotany and sedimentology. The museum research group is formally associated with the Universities of Calgary and Alberta. More than 200 000 specimens now reside in the museum's collection.
Author MONTY REID
Links to Other Sites
Royal Tyrrell Museum
The Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta's renowned palaeontology museum and research facility, invites visitors on a virtual journey through geological time. View toothsome dinosaurs and other fossilized life forms.
Watch the Heritage Minute about pioneer geologist Joseph Tyrrell and his discovery of the massive dinosaur fossil beds in Alberta. From the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related online learning resources.
The Barren Lands
This site offers an extensive online collection of archival documents from two Geological Survey of Canada expditions to the Barren Lands region located in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and in the area now known as Nunavut. From the University of Toronto.
What's so bad about badlands?
About the geoscape of southern Saskatchewan, badlands, and dinosaurs. From Natural Resources Canada.
Glossary: Natural History
Click on the links to access bilingual glossaries about natural history. From the Canadian Museum of Nature.
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