Badlands: The Royal Tyrrell Museum [Short Documentary]


in the Badlands of Alberta in Canada

sits the Royal Tyrrell Museum of


this museum has over 140,000 fossils

collected over nearly two decades of

expeditions and each year teams head out

to search for more it is a place of

immense scientific importance greatly

contributing to our understanding of the

deep past and is vital in educating the

public about the history of life on




the museum first opened on September the

25th 1985 to thousands of people who are

present it was named Tyrell in honor of

Joseph Burt I ran a geologist who

discovered the first fossils of the

Tyrannosaur albertasaurus Tyrell was

working for the Geological Survey of

Canada and while searching for coal

deposits in 1884 he came across the 17

million year old fossil eyes remains of

Tyrannosaur he knew that this find was

important so transported it to

paleontologists to be identified thanks

to his discovery it was eventually

realized that Alberta was rich in

fossils and many important finds have

been made since then receiving over

500,000 visitors in its first year far

more than was originally predicted and

attracting many more people since the

museum receives the title of royal in

1990 one of the major parts of the

museum is of course the exhibits

featuring many dinosaurs from Alberta

and also other ancient creatures such as

the animals found burgers shell in the

Rocky Mountains

the museum exhibits take visitors on a

walk through time from the cambrian sea

creatures to dinosaurs and then food to

the Cenozoic and the megafauna it also

features a glass window looking under

the fossil preparation labs where

fossils are cleaned for research and

display but not on displays of the

majority of the public are the massive

collections of fossils but the museum

houses behind the scenes in huge

warehouses thousands of fossils are kept

many of which have never been studied

due to the sheer number of available

specimens one of the most common types

of dinosaur fossils kept here are the

hadrosaur bones which are so numerous

that a lot of them have never even been

taken out of their protective plastic

coverings the vast collections are open

to scientists and researchers who wish

to access them and the collection aids

massively in the study of paleontology

and in furthering knowledge of the field

as well as contributing to science the

Royal Tyrrell Museum runs many public

and school programs assisting in the

teaching of paleontology to the public

there are many activities open to people

of all ages such as the battlin science

camp in which groups camp out in the

Badlands and take part in many

activities in and outside of the museum

these programs aim to inspire new

generations of scientists to study the

history of life and to become

paleontologists themselves

the Royal Tyrrell Museum is an

incredible source of information science

and is immensely valuable to the

understanding of history of life on