Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President – 250 242
October 22, 2004
It was one of the defining moments in the evolution
of Tumbler Ridge. In July 2001 palaeontologist Rich McCrea laid
compass on a projecting piece of rock beside Flatbed Creek,
and realized it was the second dinosaur bone ever to be found
in the province of British Columbia.
Beside McCrea were Mark Turner and Daniel Helm, and the dinosaur
trackway these boys had discovered the previous summer. This
was one of the first occurrences to be documented of dinosaur
footprints and bone occurring together in the same rock layer,
and paved the way for further research.
Thanks to the interest
and wave of exploration these discoveries generated, almost
300 bones have since been discovered in the
Tumbler Ridge area, from two distinct geological ages. Footprints
of many types have been found from five geological formations.
Tumbler Ridge has become a centre for palaeontological research
in western Canada, and the resulting exhibits and attention
have diversified its once flagging economy and helped stimulate
It is hard to believe that all this has happened in the space
of just three years.
At the time there was no Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, no
Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, and therefore
nowhere in the region that could accept this important specimen.
it was surrounded in Plaster of Paris, expertly removed,
to the nearest facility in BC that could accept it, The Exploration
Place in Prince George. It has been on display there for
the past three years.
This piece of TR history has now returned “home”.
On 19 October 2004 Bob Campbell, Manager of Curatorial
Services at The Exploration Place, brought the bone back to Tumbler
for it to be added to the museum’s collections and
further researched. In future it will form a centerpiece
in Tumbler Ridge’s
palaeontology exhibits. As the dinosaur Tumbler Ridge dinosaur
research proceeds, further exhibit material will be provided
to The Exploration Place so that this fascinating story
will continue to be told in Prince George.
The bone being presented to the Tumbler
Ridge Museum Foundation.
From left to right:
Kevin Sharman, Scientific Advisor to TRMF; Bob Campbell, Manager
Curatorial Services, The Exploration Place; Charles Helm, TRMF
President; and TRMF palaeontologists Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley
The bone in its encasing rock,
with a 10 cm scale.