The Royal Tyrrell Museum is located in Drumheller, Alberta. It is one of the worlds leading centers of paleontology research and boasts an invaluable collection of dinosaur skeletons and fossils. Eve and Luke had been looking forward to seeing the museum and I don't think they left disappointed. The displays were beautiful, really giving us a solid sense of how massive these creatures were. Isn't it incredible to think of how little time humans have existed on this planet vs. other creatures? The Tyrannosaurus Rex for example existed somewhere between 67 and 65.5 million years ago. Dinosaurs as a species lived for an estimated period of 160 million years. In comparison modern man (Cro-Magnon) appeared approximately 200, 000 years ago. That's quite a generation gap! I love what paleontology can tell us about the earth and ourselves. The creatures of the past seem so very alien. What will the creatures of the future be like?
We had a wonderful day at the museum. At the end of the day we caught a lesson in the "Bone Wars". Eve and Luke were volunteers, naming their own dinos "Dino-saurus" and "Crazy-saurus-rex" respectively. Eve was pretty cute chatting up the speaker. I took a whole pile of semi blurry low light photos in the museum because I'm so opposed to using a flash (to a fault). I just want to capture the moment as I remember it, and if that means the image isn't perfectly crisp, then so be it. Kind of a little hang up of mine. Hope you enjoy this handful despite their imperfections. Our next travel post involves a trip to see Hoodoos and the beautiful but HOT Canadian Badlands.