Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Interest: Adventure travel
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.
"Retired but not yet tired"
Last edited by zeljkok; 11-07-2020 at 06:56 PM.