RIDGE SCIENTISTS ATTENDING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
For Immediate Release
Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President – 250 242
October 24, 2005
Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley, the vertebrate
palaeontologists working in the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation’s
Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre (PRPRC), are attending
the Sixty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate
Paleontology at the Mesa Southwest Museum in Mesa, Arizona
in late October 2005.
This prestigious conference draws delegates
from all corners of the globe, and features the latest research
topics. Rich and Lisa are presenting a poster on some of the
early results of the dinosaur excavations near Tumbler Ridge,
focussing on theropod teeth. One of these teeth provided the
first evidence of tyrannosaurids in B.C., and others are the
oldest in western Canada. Rich is also presenting significant
new information on Canada’s largest dinosaurs along with
Dr Phil Currie and Dr George Pemberton, both of U. of A.
and Lisa have given more than 20 presentations (public and
formal scientific) during their tenure as PRPRC palaeontologists
on the dinosaur research of the Tumbler Ridge area and the
Peace Region. These talks have been as far afield as Calgary
and Edmonton, and they raise scientific and public awareness
of the TRMF and PRPRC activities.
During the course of his
drive to Arizona, Rich will be stopping at a number of palaeontological
museums along the way, to gain additional background information
for the eventual museum in Tumbler Ridge.
Rich will also be
gaining instruction on the assembly of dinosaur skeletal mounts
in Fruita, Colorado where the TRMF is getting ankylosaur and
small theropod replicas for the British Columbia Dinosaur Discovery
Gallery in the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre, planned to open
before the summer of 2006.
This is the first international
conference at which Rich and Lisa have presented in their capacity
as Tumbler Ridge resident palaeontologists, and another step
on the journey of creating an internationally recognized facility
and museum in the Peace Region.
Tumbler Ridge resident palaeontologists Lisa Buckley and