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Summerasaurus Part V: The Badlands

Posted: September 2, 2011 - 09:10 , by admin

Walking through the badlands is like walking through a western novel: canyons cut through the prairie, exposing layers of brown, gold, black and white sediment. Clichés keep popping up: tumbleweeds roll by, cactus pop out from unexpected places, and cattle skulls bleach in the sun. Scorpions hide in coal seams, soaking up the sun’s heat from the black rock that camouflages them. It’s a bit overwhelming at first, but once you accept the fact that you’re in a place unlike anywhere else in Canada, it all becomes simple and beautiful.

Summerasaurus Part IV: How to Find Dinosaurs

Posted: August 23, 2011 - 12:25 , by admin

Mark Farmer recently returned from an expedition to the badlands of southern Alberta with Dr. David Evans, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the ROM, in search of dinosaurs. Join us as Mark and Dr. Evans put up their notes from the field, detailing discoveries, how dinosaurs are found and excavated, life in the field and more.

Cod and Caribou – good management, natural resiliency or media headlines

Posted: August 22, 2011 - 15:24 , by Dave Ireland
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A fish swimming in blue water.

Cod. Photo by *Saipal. Flickr Creative Commons.

Entomystery – why did the beetles go to camp?

Posted: August 12, 2011 - 11:44 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Antonia looks at the bug through a microscope in the ROM's entomology lab.

Antonia takes a closer look at the mystery beetle while solving the case of the unwelcome summer camp critters.

Recap of Today’s Dino Q&A

Posted: August 10, 2011 - 16:41 , by Ryan Dodge
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David Evans and Dr. M. Ryan standing in Alberta's badlands.

A picture of David Evans (ROM) and fellow dino hunter Dr. M. Ryan excavating a fossil in Alberta shared on Twitter during the Q&A.

From the Field: Arrival in Churchill, Manitoba

Posted: August 10, 2011 - 11:32 , by David Rudkin

July 18, 2011 – Welcome to Churchill!

We arrive from Winnipeg by twin turboprop early this evening, after the usual minor delays and frustrations,… pick up our 4×4 vehicle, get settled in at the wonderful new Churchill Northern Studies Centre facility and spend a few hours showing two novice crew members some of the nearby tundra features, including a splendid extended sunset (officially at 10:07 PM, but with a beautifully long prelude).

Summerasaurs Interactive: Ask a Palaeontologist

Posted: August 8, 2011 - 15:46 , by admin
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Dr. David Evans

Dr. David Evans on-site in southern Alberta