One of our local Palaeontologists was a guest this week on CBC’s premiere science show.
Another fantastic article from the globe and mail features the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark’s Paleontological strengths:
Sarah Gamble and Kaitlin Minichiello, archaeologists with Amec Foster Wheeler in Tumbler Ridge, have been conducting the archaeological impact assessment for Boralex’s proposed Redwillow Wind Energy project 50 kilometres southeast of Tumbler Ridge. They look for evidence of past human use of the area, such as prehistoric First Nations sites or historic trapper cabins, not…Details
When our delegates from Tumbler Ridge attend UNESCO Global Geoparks Network conferences, they are struck by how many Global Geoparks have Pleistocene (Ice Age) geology as their main theme. By contrast, here in Tumbler Ridge we have sometimes viewed the Pleistocene glacial till that covers much of the surface as an irritant, something to be…Details
There are fourteen tyrannosaur tracks that have been discovered worldwide. No less than nine of these have been found within the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, while there are three from Alberta, one from Mongolia, and one from New Mexico. Some of the first to be discovered within the Geopark are of great international significance and…Details
97-million-year-old tracks uncovered by equipment operator, to be preserved in Tumbler Ridge Museum Warren Garbitt of Moberly Lake is an excavator operator with 4Evergreen Resources Inc. Whenever he works in an area after a blast he is on the lookout for items of interest. He picks through as he clears the area. If he finds…Details
100-million-year-old tracks uncovered at B.C. coal mine and preserved in Tumbler Ridge Museum A discovery by an employee at Teck Resources Limited’s (“Teck”) Quintette Project, south of Tumbler Ridge in British Columbia’s Peace Region, has turned out to be one of the finest examples of fossil crocodilian tracks in the world. Geologist Kevin Sharman…Details
In recent weeks a Canadian Press article by Dirk Meissner on the so-called “dinosaur autobahn” near Williston Lake made the national news The media found the description of multiple dinosaur trackways on a large flat surface area irresistible, and the story spread across the world. This is truly a phenomenon for everyone in northeastern BC…Details
The Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre (PRPRC) in Tumbler Ridge has a new star acquisition: a mammoth tusk, unearthed at the end of April in an ancient Pleistocene river channel in the North Peace region of British Columbia. The tusk, weighing over 25 kilograms and almost two metres in length, was generously donated by its…Details
The week before Christmas was busy for the Geopark, Wolverine Nordic & Mountain Society (WNMS), and Museum Foundation. Very busy… and without exception filled with good stuff. Day 1 – Tepee Falls: Birgit Sharman (WNMS President) and Larry White (WNMS V-P) head off in the morning for the Tepee Falls trail, for a final meeting…Details
To find dinosaur tracks near Tumbler Ridge, the process is straightforward: Examine a geological map to see where rocks of the right age occur Ensure that these are terrestrial, not marine rocks (dinosaurs lived on land, not in the ocean) Work out where these rocks might be exposed on the surface, typically in canyons and…Details
The PRPRC is the only facility in British Columbia dedicated to vertebrate palaeontology and is recognized nationally and internationally. While all the paleontological finds are of local and regional importance, many are of national importance and some are of international importance. Examples of the latter include the only known example of tyrannosaurid trackways, the unique features associated with the excavation of British Columbia’s first articulated dinosaur (many shed juvenile tyrannosaur teeth suggesting herd scavenging behaviour), dinosaur trackways of Turonian age, one of the largest collections of Triassic fish and marine reptiles, and the only three known examples of a new subfamily of coelacanth.
The PRPRC includes in its collections specimens from the wider region and from other parts of the province. These include data from the internationally significant Kakwa dinosaur footprint site, and a replica of the only three sauropod trackways in Canada.
The biggest marine reptiles in the world (above) are to be found north of the Geopark, and plans call for these to be excavated and removed to Tumbler Ridge, where they will be exhibited. Such exhibits, although from just outside the Geopark boundaries, will add to the international reputation and importance of the exhibits within the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery.
An abundance of paleontological phenomena form the basis for the ongoing research by our scientists, leading to many of our exhibits and programs. Cretaceous dinosaur tracks (many of which are of global significance), a Cretaceous dinosaur bonebed with unusual features, and Triassic fishes and marine reptiles are of particular importance and abundance. The cornerstone of this research is the The Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre operating out of the Tumbler Ridge Dinosaur Discovery Gallery.
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