The Alberta's badlands are a haven for dinosaur fossil diggers.
Did you know that in southern Alberta there is an area that may have served as an inspiration to filmmaker Steven Spielberg when he shot Jurassic Park? In the badlands rest the fossils of a multitude of dinosaurs which scientists discover and display, much to the delight of the public.
« The fossils exhibited here are almost all from the region. The region is the badlands. A strange almost lunar valley, like a scar of several hundred kilometers, which hollows out the plain. »
— Charles Tisseyre, host of the program Découverte
Report by journalist Claude D'Astous and director Jo-Ann Demers on the reason for the presence of dinosaur fossils in badlands of Alberta
September 23, 2001, Charles Tisseyre presents, from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of paleontology, a report by journalist Claude D'Astous and director Jo-Ann Demers.
This report explains how a region of Alberta, called the badlands, became a paradise for scientists who study prehistoric fauna and flora: paleontologists.
This desert and rugged region, which French explorers had nicknamed the bad lands , hides a treasure.
It's a dinosaur graveyard.
This is how it was created.
Millions of years ago, the region, bathed by an immense inland sea, enjoyed a tropical and humid climate.
The place was teeming with life and many dinosaurs lived there.
After the death of the dinosaurs, many remains became trapped and buried under layers of sediment.
These sediments slowly turned into rocks. They preserved the hard body parts of the dinosaurs, which were subsequently fossilized.
Another explanatory element, the badlands region experienced a period of glaciation which ended approximately 15,000 years ago.
The melting and retreating of glaciers then stripped away many of these layers of sediment.
Since then, the waters of the Red Deer annually uproot 2 million tons of sediment and expose dozens of dinosaur fossils.
In 2001, hundreds of dinosaur specimens of 35 different species dating back 75 million years had been found in the badlands.
The badlands of Alberta are of such scientific importance that in 1979 UNESCO placed the area on the World Heritage List.
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“I believe that everyone, deep down, has a passion for dinosaurs. »
— François Therrien, paleontologist
Chronicle by Christian Milette who presents the paleontologist François Therrien.
On September 28, 2010, the columnist Christian Milette proposed, during the show C'est ça la vie,a meeting with paleontologist François Therrien.
This last made a dream come true. He works at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Located in Drumheller, in Midland Provincial Park, this museum is the only one in Canada devoted exclusively to paleontology.
François Therrien says that as a child, he had developed a fascination for dinosaurs and wanted to become a paleontologist.
He persisted in his choice and, as an adult, he came to the Badlands region.
It was there that he discovered his first bone which would most likely come from a herbivorous dinosaur.
These were abundant in the region during prehistoric times.
We visit the various galleries of the museum with François Therrien.
Several of the skeletons and reconstructions of dinosaurs are magnificent.
The public must also be relieved to find that these dinosaurs are not alive.
People are intrigued when François Therrien says that he practices the profession of paleontologist.
< p class="e-p">Once he explains the word, people's eyes light up.
Several claim that they have children who are passionate about dinosaurs and that the latter, too, dream of becoming paleontologists.
A visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum could rekindle many people's passion for this branch of natural science.
As of 2022, five dinosaur specimens exhibited in this museum have been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Among them are the best-preserved armored dinosaur in the world, the most complete skeleton of a tyrannosaur and the skeleton of the largest prehistoric marine reptile.
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