News | DrumhellerMail - Page #3241
Last updateThu, 30 Nov 2023 8am

Speaker Series continues with Dr. Scott Sampson


    The Royal Tyrrell Museum 25th anniversary Speakers Series continues Friday, March 12 with Dr. Scott B. Sampson.
    Dr. Sampson is a Canadian-born dinosaur palaeontologist, evolutionary biologist, and educator who presently serves as Research Curator at the Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah.
    He is also pursuing a range of new projects focused on education. Appearing as “Dr. Scott the Palaeontologist,” he is presently appearing on the PBS children’s series called Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company. Sampson was also the primary scientific consultant and on-air host of the four-part Discovery Channel series Dinosaur Planet.
    On Friday, March 12, at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Sampson will speak on some of the latest ideas and controversies from his recently published book in a lecture entitled, Dinosaurs of the Lost Continent.
    Sampson’s talk will explain how it was only recently that palaeontologists have learned that most dinosaurs—among them horned, duck-billed, dome-headed, and armored plant-eaters, as well as giant tyrannosaur meat-eaters and smaller “raptor-like” predators—existed on a “lost continent” known as “Laramidia.”
    He will look at how so many giant animals were able to co-exist on such a diminutive landmass, why most of these dinosaurs were adorned with bizarre bony features such as horns, crests, domes, or spikes, and what factors may have led to the great extinction of dinosaurs at the close of the Mesozoic Era.
    Sampson’s recently completed book, Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life (University of California Press, 2009), is the first comprehensive review of dinosaur palaeontology for a general audience in more than two decades. After the talk, there will be a book signing event. Copies will be available for purchase.
    The Speakers Series are free lectures. This being the 25th anniversary of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, the Speaker Series is dedicated to 25 years of discovery: highlights of palaeontological research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

The gloves are off, let bidding commence



   The gloves are off, and now there may be some friendly fisticuffs as to who will claim ownership of the gargantuan gloves.
    Sliding a bright red pair of mittens onto the claws of the World’s Largest Dinosaur put Drumheller on the map as part of its Olympic Torch Celebrations. On Tuesday night, the Drumheller Fire Department removed the mittens.
    Now the gloves will be on the auction block in support of the Badlands Community Facility.
    Tara Semchuk, of Bit’s and Pieces, constructed the mittens that helped kick off the National Red Mitten Campaign. She confirms that the giant red mittens will be listed on eBay to be sold to the highest bidder. 
    “We chose the community facility because it is sports related,” said Semchuk.
    She explains they were looking at how best to support the sports community in the spirit of the Olympics, and came to the conclusion the recreation facility would be almost universal in supporting a number of different groups.
    “How do you pick one sporting group over the others? The community facility will be used by all groups in town,” said Semchuk.
    They have no idea what the mittens will fetch, but one indication revealed when the mittens came down, demonstrates they may be a hot commodity.
    The Fire department found a sizable barbed fishing lure lodged in the mitten, giving the appearance that someone may have already been trying to hook themselves a prize.
    The mittens are being cleaned and prepared, and they hope to have them listed by next week. The mittens are 3 metres long and 1.8 metres wide.

Facility design to be unveiled


    After more than a year of planning and anticipation, Drumheller residents will be able to get a look at what the Badlands Community Facility will look like.   
    An open house has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 10 at the Civic Centre. This is a chance for the public to get a glimpse of what the new facility will entail. Chair of the design committee Brooke Christianson said they have been busy consulting the community and identifying how to accommodate all the needs of the community. Last summer they began working with the architect to come up with a plan.
    “We are to the point that we have full drawings for floor plans and renderings for the outside of the building, and a master plan for the site,” said Christianson.
    The plan includes an expanded Public Library, a banquet and conference facility, a field house, multi purpose space that can accommodate everything from indoor soccer and lacrosse to basketball, and volleyball. There will be an indoor running track as well as a fitness area spread over two levels.
    “The foot print of the building is not going to change. We have a really good idea of how it is going to look. We are at the point of picking colour schemes,” said Christianson.
    The open house is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
    “We encourage people to come out,” he said, adding there will be a forum for the public to leave comments and questions.
    In attendance will be architects from Graham Edmunds Cartier to explain the design of the facility as well as members of the design committee.


The Drumheller Mail encourages commenting on our stories but due to our harassment policy we must remove any comments that are offensive, or don’t meet the guidelines of our commenting policy.