Palaeontologists will be excavating across the Peace Region this summer, as Philip J. Currie and no less than eight others will be coming to the area.
They include Corwin Sullivan, Xu Xing, Phil Bell, Nicolás Campione, Matthew Vavrek, Eva Koppelhus and Federico Fanti.
The group will be digging in various places and hope to make some big discoveries.
“They’re going to be mostly along the Wapiti River, and also a bit further north along the Smoky as well. Definitely right in this area, some of the tributaries in that area as well,” explained Derek Larson, Assistant Curator at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. “Basically, anywhere that you can see rock sticking out of the ground in the area is a potential place where we could find fossils.”
“This is going to be the most palaeontology field work that’s been done in the area, by some measures, ever. We’re really excited, we hope we find some good fossils,” Larson added.
Larson says northern Alberta is far less explored than southern parts of the province, despite the region being equally as fossil-rich. That makes for even greater potential of big discoveries.
“We’ve got about 100 years to make up in comparison to the fossil sites in southern Alberta.”