Museum exhibit sheds new light on old bones

Dr. Craig Scott (Acting Director, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, at left) and Minister Leela Sharon Aheer (at centre) with Grade 3 students from St. Anthony’s School, Drumheller.

The specimens show how these ancient creatures lived and died, including evidence of fighting tyrannosaurs, and dinosaurs’ age at death.

“What a fantastic way to celebrate Canada History Week by exploring the specimens now on display in the Fossils in Focus exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. This exhibit is an amazing opportunity for Albertans of all ages to walk among these prehistoric giants.”

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Less than one per cent of the museum’s massive collection of fossils is ever on display. Each fall, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology refreshes its Fossils in Focus exhibit with some of its most remarkable and scientifically significant specimens.

One of Canada’s most-visited museums, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a significant attraction and economic driver for southern Alberta.

Quick facts

  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology welcomes more than 430,000 visitors a year from across the province, nation and around the world.
  • Since opening its doors in 1985, the museum has welcomed more than 13 million visitors.
  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum houses one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs and is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the study of ancient life.
  • The majority of specimens at the museum come from Alberta, one of the best places in the world for preservation and discovery of fossils from the Late Cretaceous period.

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