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Speaker Series returns with the search for evolutionary origins of amphibians

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The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology’s 2018 Speaker Series starts this Thursday, January 18. with, First Steps onto the Tangled Bank: Evolutionary Experiments in the Early Tetrapod Form.
This talk will be presented by Jason Pardo, Ph. D. candidate at the University of Calgary.
The early origins of amphibians (frogs, salamanders, and caecilians) are not well understood. This is due to their rarity in the early fossil record, as well as an incomplete scientific understanding of four-legged vertebrate (tetrapod) evolution and the anatomy of possible amphibian relatives. Newly discovered fossils from the Triassic Period give us insights into the origins of caecilians, a group of limbless amphibians from tropical rainforests around the globe. This research contributes to an emerging picture of the early evolution of tetrapods, of which the origin of modern amphibians is a part.
In his presentation, Jason Pardo will talk about addressing the gaps in scientific understanding of early tetrapod evolution. Pardo and his colleagues used high-resolution medical imaging technologies to learn more about the possible fossil ancestors of modern amphibians.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. The series will be held every Thursday until April 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the Museum auditorium.
Speaker Series talks are also available on the Museum’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/RoyalTyrrellMuseumofPalaeontology.


Ladies Livestock Lessons launches January

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    Saturday, January 20 is an exciting day for women in the agriculture sector as the annual Ladies Livestock Lessons workshop is set to take place.
 The Acme Community Centre will be buzzing with eager participants and professionals of different areas of expertise.
 “It’s a workshop where you get to learn with other farming women and there are several things you get to learn about for example succession planning, a bit of grazing, farm to plate and social licensing, calving, plant identification, software from Cowbytes,” said Daniela Lemus, a volunteer taking care of the registration for the event. “There’s a whole lot of stuff.”
    Cowbytes is a beef ration balancing software program that allows the user to calculate nutrient values and can combine ration information with management and economics. It is an important decision-making tool for cattle producers when determining what to feed the animal.
    The winter workshop will focus on succession planning which will be directed by Shauna Feth, executive director of the University of Alberta School of Business. Succession planning is a process which prepares families or business dynamics for a transition into a new role or when a position becomes available.
    A presentation on the environmental impact of the beef industry will be conducted by Kelsey Spicer-Rawe and Fawn Jackson of Cows & Fish and a session on From Farm to Plate and social license by Shannon and Danny Ruzicka of Natures Green Acres will happen afterward.
    The social license they will be talking about involves the approval of the surrounding community and stakeholders who may play a part in your business as well as social acceptance of the practice. It is a term for the dynamic and non-permanent structure that is subject to change due to specific beliefs, opinions, and perceptions.
   “They learn lots, you would be surprised how many people there are in the calving business not knowing a whole lot,” said Lemus. “I think it encourages them to go to this because it is intended for ladies and they don’t feel intimidated by it.”
    Breakout sessions are also planned, featuring a calving clinic with Dr. Gord Krebs of Didsbury Veterinary Services.
    Barry Yaremcio of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will explain the in’s and out’s of Cowbytes and the Ladies Livestock Lessons committee will do a hands-on practice session on plant identification.
  “This is a pretty well-rounded workshop for anybody wanting to get first-hand information on topics given by very well-rounded experts,” said Lemus.
    The registration will cover all meals, sessions, and snacks. Registration is available online at Eventbrite: https://2018LLL.eventbrite.ca/.
    For more information, contact Lemus at 403-335-3311 extension 204 or email her at dlemus@mvcounty.com

Hockey Hall of Fame seeks original Miners photograph

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    A tale as old as time, the Drumheller Miners 1966 hockey team experienced a year that was something out of a fairy tale.
    The team won the national senior men’s hockey championship after defeating the Quebec Sherbrooke Beavers in a 5 – 0 point final game. 10 players went on to the NHL to continue their hockey career after this pivotal moment in hockey history.
    What made it a fairy tale wasn’t the fact that they won, it was the determination and hardships leading up to it.         This included their hometown arena burning down and afterward the Canadian Hockey Association forbidding them from practicing in Hanna because of the loss of the building.
    Fast forward 51 years later, Gordon Clozza, a Drumheller resident, was visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Friday, October 27.
    He noticed the senior amateur exhibit and video monitor only had a small description of the legendary team.
    “[The museum] was great, it was something worth seeing and the exhibits are all well done,” said Clozza. “My concern was with the senior amateur exhibit of the Drumheller Miners team that won the Allan Cup in 1966 since they have video monitors outside the exhibit that you can look through and every year, there’s a team photo display of each winning team. Well, there are some team’s that are missing including Drumheller’s. I thought it was quite a surprise.”
    Since then, The Mail and Clozza have worked together to fill in the blanks of the exhibit.

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    Clozza got in touch with Izak Westgate, the manager of the Outreach Exhibits and Assistant Curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He informed Clozza the museum would correct this by using a scanned copy of an Export A Calendar photo which contained championship teams across different levels.
    “If someone has an original hard copy around that would be interested in donating it, we would love to add it to our collection,” said Westgate in an email.
    If anyone has an original photograph of the team and wishes to donate it, email news@drumhellermail.com or visit The Drumheller Mail office during operating hours.


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