25 december 2012

New museum will feature Northern Alberta’s amazing dinosaur bones


Photo: Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative

Northern Alberta, a region replete with dinosaur bones, will soon have a brand new museum to show them to the public.

“Just in the last two years we have confirmed four new species of dinosaurs. [And] there are others that we suspect maybe new," says Brian Brake, executive director of the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative.

Brake and his team were in a good mood early in December, after the County of Grande Prairie confirmed an additional donation of $3 million to the construction of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.

An architect's rendering shows the dinosaur gallery of the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. (Photo: Currie Museum)

Stars of the museum

The new facility will be constructed on a 10 acre in Grande Prairie, Alberta. It will be a place of education and technology, focusing on the oil and gas found in Northwestern Alberta and on the paleontological resources in the area.

The museum’s biggest stars will undoubtedly be the skeletons of dinosaurs found in the region, such as the unique species Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai. The horned dinosaur adorned with a bony frill and a nasal boss was found in 1972 and named after its discoverer, school teacher Al Lukusta.

In April 2012, The Royal Canadian Mint introduced a glow-in-the-dark coin featuring the Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai.  ©2012 Royal Canadian Mint - All Rights Reserved

The Pipestone Creek bonebed is one of the densest in the world. There are more than 1,000 animals preserved at the site. The bones come from full-grown adult and juvenile dinosaurs that inhabited the area 73 million years ago.

Brake expects that the new museum will “do wonders” for the tourism industry in the region.

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is scheduled to open July 27, 2013.

Gilda Salomone spoke Brian Brake, executive director of the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative.
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