Published on January 1st, 2015 | by David Marshall


Episode 39: Dinosaurs of Alberta

Alberta, Canada is one of the world’s richest areas for dinosaur fossils, and especially fossils from the Late Cretaceous. Iconic dinosaurs like T. rex, Triceratops, and Parasaurolophus, as well as numerous other dinosaurs and fossils can all be found in this region.
We had a chance to chat with Professor Phil Currie of the University of Alberta at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting where we talked about Alberta and why it is such a fantastic place for dinosaur fossils.


Badlands of Alberta in Dinosaur Provincial Park, one of the richest areas in the world for dinosaur fossils of the Late Cretaceous.


Baby Chasmosaurus skull in the field during excavation.


Centrosaurus apertus skull, one of the most commonly found dinosaurs in Alberta. This skull in particular is one of the better preserved skulls, only lacking the lower jaw and showing little distortion.


Field group working on the Albertosaurus bonebed in southern Alberta where numerous individuals have been found. This site has been important in understanding tyrannosaur behaviour.


Pachyrhinosaurus bonebed at Pipestone Creek in northern Alberta, possibly the most concentrated dinosaur bonebed in the world. It is approximately the size of two American football fields.


Saurolophus, one of the dinosaurs that appears in both Mongolia and Alberta, showing a relationship between those dinosaurs found in both places.


Feathered coelophysoid from Liaoning, China currently under study.


Bones can be seen coming out of the hillside in Dinosaur Provincial Park showing just how common dinosaur fossils are in this area.


Dr. Phil Currie and Dr. Eva Koppelhus on one of their excavations in Antarctica where they have found theropods like Cryolophosaurus, and other dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous.

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