Until I moved to Alberta, dinosaurs never dented my consciousness.
World’s Biggest Museum Dedicated to Dinosaurs
It was not until a few years ago I accompanied a sister’s family to dinosaur excavation and research hub, at the Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology
in Drumheller. It’s in Canada’s Badlands where the dinosaurs roamed or swam and now, where some bones and fossil rocks have been excavated over the decades.
It’s the biggest museum in the world devoted to just palaeontology or dinosaurs. Given the reality it sits in dinosaur bones rich part of the world.
Until one drops by the museum in the windswept, dry rocky area, there is no real clue that there is an international facility of dinosaur research.
The kitschy towering dinosaur model towering over 3 stories high, distracts from the serious matter of cleaning, identifying the skeletons and fossils with ugly machines and researchers with face masks.
Then later with newspaper reports here and there, of recent dinosaur skeleton discoveries, it makes more sense. Like northern in the oil tar sands, where an oil worker unearthed another one in 2011 near Fort McMurray.
The museum does have truly stunning exhibits of these prehistoric skeletal creatures lumbering across what was a tropical, even buried sea area in prairie Alberta. There is even a dinosaur specific to the area, named by the scientists as the Albertasaurus.
Can’t Resist Claiming Dinosaur Heritage
So no wonder, Alberta does claim its dino heritage. Like the dinosaur metal art sculpture outside the Telus Spark Science Centre out in Nose Creek Park in Calgary. Anyone who bike commutes daily through the park, sees this friendly hulking creature frozen, in the urban linear park by the children’s playground.
Or at the newly retrofitted Royal Museum of Alberta (RAM), where a few rooms were dedicated to dinosaur models. Wonder what other subject matter artifacts the RAM had to sequestered in the warehouse archives in order to showcase dinosaur models as a crowd magnet, especially those with children.
Amazingly even at the government of Alberta’s website, it instructs people not to sell any discovered fossils in their hikes, that they must fill out a form and submit it to disclose this. There must be enough fossil rock lying around.
You wouldn’t guess across some of the dull flat prairies and into the badlands hinterland, there is such mine of fossils and dinosaur stories waiting to be unearthed.