Drumheller, the town where the Tyrrell Museum is located, is a great town full of concrete dinosaurs and badlands scenery. Most tourists likely see it only in the summer, but I find myself there more often in the winter. It's often very cold, but the snow in the badlands is quite nice, so here are a few photos from various winter trips to Drumheller.
The Hoodoos are a favourite photo spot for good reason, and I think the low winter sun makes for a very nice sky in this shot. These photos are from February 2009.
It was a fairly brisk day, but Scott bravely scouts out the best view of the hoodoos.
And here's Derek for scale with the hoodoos, just as our light gives out at about 5:15 pm.
Fast forward to my most recent visit in February 2010. The giant dinosaur is decked out in Vancouver Olympics mittens - the torch had done a relay stop in Drumheller. Very snazzy!
To get this blog warmed up, I thought I would post a few pictures about my ankylosaur-related travels from the past few years. I've had the opportunity to visit museums in several different countries now. Today I will start close to home with some pictures from the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, which I've visited several times now both for fun and work.
These first photos are from way back in fall 2006, just after I had moved to Alberta. The museum has changed in many ways since that first visit, including the placement of the statues out front.
This is a photo of one of several extinct exhibits (did you see what I did there? eh?) that have been replaced recently. Extreme Dinosaurs showed some of the cool finds, mostly theropods if I recall correctly, from the Sino-Canadian Dinosaur Project. This fella is Sinraptor. I liked the blue and purple lighting.
Although this post is somewhat theropod-heavy, pachycephalosaurs are one of my favourite groups. I think this is one of the only models of a Stegoceras that I know of, and it's a shame it's not on display anymore.
Finally, we'll end with a shot of the Triassic Hall, now inhabited by the stupendous Shonisaurussikanniensis. This hall had a great diversity of skulls and mounts; in this photo we've got Dilophosaurus and Heterodontosaurus.
This blog is set up mostly so I can update friends and family about my summer's exploits in Korea, China and Mongolia, but I may update with other travel and dinosaur news of interest from time to time.
My research is on the ankylosaurid dinosaurs, the ones with tail clubs, lots of armour, and, one may expect, bad attitudes. I like them because they have the thick skin and surly demeanor that I lack in real life.
Here are some pictures from a paper on tail clubs I published in PLoS One in 2009.