Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President
4251 (w) 250 242 3984 (h)
Rich McCrea, Palaeontologist - 250 242 3466
June 25, 2004
Palaeontologists Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley, working for the
Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF), identified an accumulation
of distinctive dinosaur
bone material at a new site near Tumbler Ridge on Monday 21 June, 2004.
The site was brought to the attention of the TRMF by knowledgeable
amateur palaeontologists John and Maureen Schulting of Prince
George, who had suspected that they had
found dinosaur bone and skin. However, their attempts to have this confirmed
through sending photographs to universities and other museums were unsuccessful.
Once they learned of the existence of the TRMF, they called to share their
discovery, and were delighted that it was confirmed to be dinosaurian.
McCrea and Buckley, who have already contributed so much to
the study of northeastern BC dinosaurs, explained: “This
recent find of British Columbia’s
second dinosaur bone deposit demonstrates that the skeletal record of dinosaurs
in this region is more extensive than previously supposed. We anticipate
that further discoveries of dinosaur skeletal material will be
made in the area.
British Columbia’s first significant dinosaur
skeletal find (discovered in 2002 and now in its second year
of excavation), represents western Canada’s
oldest dinosaur material. The new find is much younger, of an equivalent
age to the well-known Alberta material. McCrea and Buckley state: “Though
the new site has not been studied long, it seems reasonable to
predict that the type
of dinosaurs will be quite different from those currently being excavated
[at the older site], but may have similarities to the dinosaurs
being found just
across the border in Alberta”.
The TRMF is planning to apply for permits to allow this material
to be collected by their palaeontologists, so that it can be
stored and researched
Ridge’s new Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, and eventually
displayed for public education and enjoyment.
TRMF extends its appreciation
to the Schultings for the exemplary way in which they handled their
discovery, bringing it to the attention of
rather than trying to remove parts of it. All regional fossil hunters
are encouraged to follow their example.