Drop That Bone!

Penelope Johnston takes a look back on the dinosaur age.

Dinosaurs left their footprints along the banks of the Red River Valley. Skeletons, bone beds and the latest find, fossilised dinosaur eggs, have made the Alberta Badlands one of the most important world deposits of fossilised bones; To aid in the research of this area, the Alberta Government in May opened a new satellite museum, the Tyrrell Field Station, on a 8 hectare site, inside Dinosaur Park, designed by UN- ESCO as a world heritage site, the largest tract of Badlands in Canada. At this museum, on the south bank of the Red Deer River Valley, museum visitors can see replicas of thirty- eight species of dinosaurs found in Dinosaur Park and look at a large mock battle between plant eating duck billed dinosaurs and several smaller prehistoric creatures. Visitors can use a computer to design a dinosaur. They will be able to pickup a 'Bone Line' phone to find out what the research staff are doing and can watch them preparing fossils for display.

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