Dinosaur Site Experience and Egg Excavation at Devil’s Coulee

June 16, 2015

An opportunity to experience the new interpretive trail at Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site led by a Royal Tyrrell Museum palaeontologist. 

By Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum
 
Warner, Alberta — Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site is Canada’s first and largest dinosaur nesting site and an active research site for  Dr. François Therrien, Curator of Dinosaur Palaeoecology at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. As a special event, media and general public are invited to experience a unique guided hike showcasing a new interpretive trail and to see excavation work in action on Saturday, June 20, 2015.
 
During the summer, visitors can venture to the Devil’s Coulee site on guided tours led by the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur & Heritage Museum to learn about dinosaurs and other creatures that lived in the area. On the tour, visitors get to see casts of various dinosaur eggs, enlarged 3D-printed dinosaur eggshell, and search for teeth and bones of animals that lived in the area 75 million years ago. This spring, the Royal Tyrrell Museum installed all new interpretive elements, including interpretive panels and activity boxes to add to the visitor experience.
 
At this rare opportunity, media guests will be able to experience the new interpretive trail at the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site (weather permitting) and be part of a one-time only tour led by Dr. Therrien. The tour will conclude with a stop at the active Maiasaura egg excavation where Dr. Therrien will discuss the history and importance of the site, bringing to life the ancient environment and animals that lived here through this special opportunity.        
 
Interviews and videography welcome. Please meet at the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Please wear hiking shoes and comfortable clothing for a 1 hour hike.
 
For inquiries contact:
Trish Hill
Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum
Box 156 Warner AB, T0K 2L0
403-642-2118
dinoegg@telusplanet.net
www.devilscoulee.com

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BACKGROUNDER

In 1987, a local Warner teenager found dinosaur eggshell fragments that led to the exciting discovery of Canada’s first dinosaur nesting site. The site became known as the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site and remains one of palaeontology’s best resources for embryonic dinosaur material. Palaeontologists have excavated four Hypacrosaurus (a hollow-crested duck-billed dinosaur) nests including several eggs that produced embryonic material. The discoveries exposed the most complete embryonic dinosaur remains in North America —specimens that changed many of the existing theories about duck-billed dinosaurs. The Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur & Heritage Museum has a world-exclusive cast (exact copy) of the most complete dinosaur embryo on display for visitors to experience first-hand. The original specimen is held in the collection of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
 
The Town of Warner opened the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur & Heritage Museum in 1995. The museum is a hands-on, family-friendly museum, where visitors can learn about dinosaurs while being able to actually feel and search for real fossils. Over the last year the Royal Tyrrell Museum has been designing, testing and implementing new interpretive material for the site including, new signs, boxes and hands on experiences for guests. These new elements were launched this spring for visitors to enjoy.
 
The last nest excavated from Devil’s Coulee was a Troodon nest in 2008. Since then, palaeontologists have been keeping an eye on what appeared to be a potential Maiasaura nest, waiting for erosion to reveal more of the potential eggs. In the summer of 2014, Dr. François Therrien discovered eggshell from Maiasaura, a duck-billed dinosaur, eroding out of a hill.  The abundance of eggshell implied that a Maiasaura nest could be present below the surface, which would be the first of its kind discovered in Canada. Dr. Therrien and his crew will be continuing excavations at this site this summer, hoping to retrieve eggs and possibly, baby dinosaurs.
 
The Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site is owned and operated by the Government of Alberta and is an active research site for the Royal Tyrrell Museum. The Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur & Heritage Museum works with the Museum to provide interpretation and visitor services to the site from May until Labour Day. The site is located approximately 20 minutes from the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur & Heritage Museum. More information on the history of the site and the museum can be found at www.devilscoulee.com  
 

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