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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Had a wonderful experience at Dinosaur Provincial Park taking part in their Guided Excavation Program. Led by a staff paleontologist from the Royal Tyrrell Museum, we enjoyed a busy three days and evenings of real hands-on activities.

The park has two active digs going on this summer in addition to this program. We first explored the areas of the badlands off-limits to the public, then examined a specific dig site and learned the delicate art of bone removal before moving into the lab for preparation. Our efforts were minor but added to the work of others to eventually result in bones suitable for study and perhaps eventual display.

If you are like us and had dinosaur fantasies since childhood, this program will be a real treat. The bone deposits date to the late Cretaceous period 75 million years ago. About 35 species of dinosaurs have been uncovered so far, however, every rainfall reveals new bones. The goal, though, isn't to collect random samples but to find skulls or near-complete skeletons in-situ and undisturbed, to reveal as much as possible about their physical and social environment.

As a UNESCO world heritage site, Dinosaur Provincial Park is a Canadian treasure and worth a visit.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 05:59 PM
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Very cool!
Still in the bucket for us to do at some point..looks like you had a great time!
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Pretty neat hands on experience.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-04-2017, 11:13 PM
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I like the picture of you(?) with the glasses. Look just like a kid having fun at camp.

Not the fastest, but I get to where I am going and enjoy it.
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I like the picture of you(?) with the glasses. Look just like a kid having fun at camp.
LOL, you are right about the kid having fun part, but it was a Swiss fellow named Elmer who made this camp part of his holidays.

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