Scientific Articles

TYPE SPECIMEN OF NEW COELACANTH DESIGNATED FROM PRPRC COLLECTIONS
The May issue of Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology featured the report and description of a new family, genus, and species of coelacanth fossil discovered from the Early Triassic deposits of northeast British Columbia. Please follow this link to the publisher’s website. The holotype and two of the paratypes (specimens that show the key features on the new coelacanth) were described by Andrew Wendruff and Mark Wilson (University of Alberta) and are on display in the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery. These coelacanth specimens were discovered by volunteers. Stay tuned for more exciting BC fossil discoveries!

Fossil tracks from Tumbler Ridge: a brief history of collaboration
between amateurs and academics

Richard T. McCrea
University of Alberta
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Fossil vertebrate tracks from the Gorman Creek Formation,
northeastern B.C.

Richard T. McCrea
Lisa G. Buckley
Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre
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Excavating British Columbia’s first dinosaurs
and other palaeontological projects in
the Tumbler Ridge area.

Richard T. McCrea
University of Alberta
Lisa G. Buckley
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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McCrea, R.T. 2003. Fossil tracks from Tumbler Ridge: a brief history of collaboration between amateurs and academics. Alberta Palaeontological Society, Seventh Annual Symposium: 41-48.
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DINOSAUR EXCAVATION
BC’s first (and western Canada’s oldest) accumulation of dinosaur skeletal material was discovered in a canyon near Tumbler Ridge in 2002. Our palaeontologists have spent much of the summers of 2003 and 2004 in a canyon excavating it. 170 bones have been removed to the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge where they await preparation and description.

DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS
Three TRMF footprint sites have been opened to the public for guided tours. Unique nocturnal lantern tours lead to a riverside site that includes dinosaur skin impressions, while another site has a large number of deep footprints, including rare dewclaw impressions, beside a beautiful creek with a swimming hole. Call the Visitor Info Centre at 250 242 3123 for reservations.

EXHIBITS
The Tumbler Ridge Community Centre hosts a large number of displays on the history of the Peace Region, a Sports Hall of Fame, a Monkman exhibit focussing on the heroic attempts in the 1930s to build the Monkman Pass Highway, a feature on Coal Mining in the Tumbler Ridge area, and the new exhibit on the History of Tumbler Ridge. Call 250 242 4246 for an update on what is on display. Dinosaur and other fossil exhibits are to be found at the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in the Industrial Park just down the road from Day’s Inn.

LECTURES
The Museum Foundation presents winter and summer lecture series in co-operation with the Tumbler Ridge Public Library. Phone 250 242 4350 for an updated schedule.

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