September 30, 2019

Digging Up The Province’s Amazing Natural History

Palaeontologists from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) spent the summer discovering new dinosaurs, marine reptiles and exciting Cretaceous amber.

“It’s been an exciting year for the Royal Saskatchewan Museum with the opening of the CN T. rex Gallery and the introduction of Scotty to the RSM,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “It is also important to note that new research and discoveries take place at the museum regularly. These discoveries create new opportunities to learn more about Saskatchewan hundreds of millions of years ago.”

The “big” finds this past summer were found in Grasslands National Park, the Big Muddy Badlands and near the southwest community of Consul, including:
Limb, rib and vertebrae bones from a juvenile Triceratops in the East Block of Grasslands National Park;
Vertebrae and limb bones from a Triceratops and a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) in the East Block of Grasslands National Park;
Numerous vertebrae from a Plesiosaur (marine reptile) from the West Block of Grasslands National Park;
Cretaceous amber inclusions of new wasps and flies from the Big Muddy Badlands; and
Amber found around a dinosaur eggshell site, located near Consul.
These new discoveries will be added to the provincial collection and will be the subject of study and research for years to come. Fieldwork such as this contributes to the RSM’s status as an internationally recognized centre for research and teaching. The museum collection continues to grow, as does the world’s appreciation of Saskatchewan’s fossil resources.

To learn more about palaeontological finds and what else is happening at the RSM, go to Visit. Donate. Discover.