Tyrannosaurus rex: the Canadian specimens

Terrorizing tyrant or misunderstood mammoth? Tyrannosaurs have engendered powerful emotions and universal attention since Tyrannosaurus rex was first described in 1905. With the discovery of a feathered tyrannosaur in 2004, and a crested Jurassic tyrannosaur in 2006, these creatures continue to attract wide popular and academic interest.

A fact not lost on most 5-year-olds is the abundance of dinosaur remains in western Canada. Forty-six tyrannosaurid skeletons representing five different species have been collected in Albertaand Saskatchewansince 1884, and the discovery of ankylosaur footprints near Tumbler Ridge, BC, in 2002 continues to draw considerable attention. Some of the most complete skeletons of Tyrannosaurus rex were discovered near Drumheller and Crowsnest pass inAlberta and in southwestSaskatchewan.

World renowned dinosaur expert Dr. Phil Currie presented the first of the Science in Society Speakers talks at Okanagan College on Oct 3, 2007 on the subject of Canadian finds of Tyrannosaurus rex and the new information they provide. Dr. Currie is a prolific researcher and educator at theUniversity ofAlberta and former Curator of Dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. Together with his wife, Dr. Eva Koppelhus, they have written numerous scientific and popular articles and books, including “An Encyclopaedia of Dinosaurs” and the popular “Moment in Time” children’s dinosaur series.

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