Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President – 250 242
August 30, 2005
Late August almost twenty of Canada’s
palaeontologists, both professional and amateur, arrived in
Tumbler Ridge to visit three local field sites and be toured
through the Museum Foundation’s Peace Region Palaeontology
Research Centre (PRPRC) and the Community Centre exhibits.
Prior to this they had gathered in Prince George for the
2005 Canadian Palaeontology Conference and the 6th Annual BC
Symposium. Tumbler Ridge palaeontologist Rich McCrea presented
a keynote address at this conference, reporting on the discoveries
and innovations that have occurred in Tumbler Ridge since
the discovery of the initial dinosaur trackway in 2000.
Everyone enjoyed it, we were impressed with what Tumbler Ridge
has accomplished it such a short time”, said conference
organizer Bob Campbell of The Exploration Place in Prince
With so many trained eyes close to the ground,
it was not
surprising that some new discoveries were made. Arrangements
for return visits for further research on plant specimens
and invertebrates such as clams and oysters. In the long
will allow the area’s remote history to be better
understood, and enhance the telling of this fsascinating
story in the BC
Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge, scheduled
for construction by 2006.
Another feature of the weekend was the formal welcoming
into the BC Paleontological Alliance (BCPA) of the newly
Peace Region Paleontology Society (PRPS), which becomes
the seventh regional society within the BCPA. The PRPS
the science of palaeontology throughout northeastern
BC, and will contribute at a provincial level through the BCPA.
All in all a great extended weekend for British Columbian
and Tumbler Ridge palaeontology!
Lisa Buckley explains details of the Quality Canyon bonebed
site to visiting palaeontologists.
The team of visiting palaeontologists beneath some
Tumbler Ridge Community Centre fossil exhibits.