PALAEONTOLOGY DIVISION

Events are jointly presented by the Alberta Palaeontological Society, Mount Royal University and the CSPG Palaeontology Division. For details, to join our mailing list, or to present a talk at a future Palentology Division event please contact Division Chair, Jon Noad at (403) 513-7541 or programs1@albertapaleo.org. Visit the APS website for confirmation of event times and upcoming speakers: http://www.albertapaleo.org/.

Division Profile

The Palaeontology Division runs in association with the Alberta Palaeontological Society (APS) and the Mount Royal College Earth Science Department. Its mandate is to provide a forum for CSPG members and the general public who are interested in palaeontological issues and applications. Topics are wide-ranging and range from technical dissertations on application to the oil industry to general interest such as dinosaur art and palaeontological expeditions. This is to accomodate the diverse group of 30-80 people that typically attend each talk. Unlike most of the other technical divisions the talks are held in the evenings (7:30 PM), typically the third Friday of every month. Facilities and multimedia access are provided by Mount Royal College Earth Science Department. Talks typically average about 45 minutes followed by a short question/discussion period. They are held in Mount Royal College (Lincoln Park Campus) Science Wing room B108 and B101. Speakers for the luncheons are sought from industry, museums, universities and even the art world. Talks run from September through May with a break through the summer. Once a year a two day Palaeontological Symposium is held at Mount Royal College. Events include a full day of lectures, a poster session and educational workshops. Most events are free so as to be accessible to the general public. While these talks are held in association with the APS, that societies' summer field trips require an APS membership.

Upcoming Events
MAIN PRESENTATION

Palaeontological Expeditions to western Greenland in 2014 and 2017


SPEAKER: Dr. Eva Koppelhus, Assistant Professor and Curator of Palaeonbotany and Palynology, University of Alberta
LOCATION:  Mount Royal University, Room B108
TIME:  January 19, 2018, 7:30 pm

ABSTRACT 
In 2014 an expedition to western Greenland was made possible by a donation from a private donor in Cleveland Ohio. The crew included Michael Ryan, Matthew Lamanna, Philip J. Currie, Eva Koppelhus and Wendy Sloboda. The aim was to find dinosaur fossils in the Upper Cretaceous Atana Formation. This formation consists of deltaic deposits, and there are good reasons to believe it should be possible to find dinosaur remains there. We spend two weeks prospecting in the region during the 2014 field season, and one week in 2017. On the last day of the first expedition, one of the expedition members found something that looked like a dinosaur footprint. However, there was no time to confirm the find as the helicopter was picking us up shortly after. It was therefore decided that we would go back in 2017 to either confirm or dismiss the find. Early during the second expedition, the possible footprint from 2014 was examined and identified as a nodule rather than a footprint. However, we found another more convincing possible footprint on the same day. Although it was incomplete and deemed to be of too poor quality for research, thin sections are being prepared for detailed sedimentological examination to determine whether it may be a footprint.

Upper Cretaceous dinosaur remains have been found in Arctic Canada sediments of similar age. Furthermore, dinosaur remains were found more than 20 years ago in the Triassic/Jurassic formations of Jameson Land in eastern Greenland. These finds suggest that dinosaurs will eventually be found in western Greenland.

BIOGRAPHY

Eva B. Koppelhus is an Assistant Professor and Curator of Palaeobotany and Palynology of the Palaeobotanical Collections at the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Alberta. From October 2005 and until June 30, 2015 she was a research assistant for Dr. Philip Currie in the Vertebrate Palaeontology research group. Before October 2005, she spent eight years as a research assistant for Dr. Currie at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. She had a postdoctoral position in the same museum in 1996 and 1997, following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Greenland Geological Survey in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a palynologist educated at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, she worked for more than ten years at the Geological Surveys of Denmark and Greenland. Her research focused on floras of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous geological periods. During her postdoctoral position at the Tyrrell Museum, she worked with material from the Centrosaurus bonebeds in Dinosaur Provincial Park to determine more about the plants associated with this dinosaur. Her research interest is now concentrating on floras of the Upper Cretaceous of northwestern North America. She primarily works with material from dinosaur bearing formations such as the Pachyrhinosaurus bonebed in Pipestone Creek, the Albertosaurus bonebed in Dry Island Park, and the Danek bonebed in Edmonton. Her work has taken her to all corners of the world, including Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Indonesia, Japan, Madagascar, Mongolia, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa and the USA. In June of 2011 she received the Stefansson Medal of the Explorers Club (Canadian branch) for outstanding contributions to paleontological field research in Canada and internationally. In March 2012 she received the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America in recognition of valuable contributions to exploration and scientific achievement under the U.S. Antarctic Program. Furthermore in 2012, a dinosaur was named after her -- Unescoceratops koppelhusea (Ryan, M.J., Evans, D.C., Currie, P.J., Brown, C.M. and D. Brinkman, 2012).
She has been a member of the Explorers Club since 2002 and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society since 2013.

In addition to the main presentation by Dr. Eva Koppelhus, Clinton and Allan Turner will provide a brief presentation.

 
The Ankylo Question
 
Clinton Turner, a 9 year old student, attends Hillhurst Elementary School, Calgary, Alberta
Allan Turner, a geologist, developed an interest in palaeontology in elementary school
LOCATION:  Mount Royal University, Room B108
TIME:  January 19, 2018, 7:30 pm

ABSTRACT: 
On July 16, 2017, Clinton and Allan Turner were on the Alberta Paleontological Field Trip to the Red Deer River Badlands.  They were exploring the bottom of Horse Thief Canyon, with Catherine and Lyndsay Turner, and the rest of the Field Trip attendees.  What they found was both rare and astounding. Hidden amongst the Quaternary Guardians of the Cretaceous fossils, also known as cacti, was a scute from an ankylosaurid.

From the beginnings of the trek to the bottom of the canyon, to the hike through the oyster beds on the way back to the parking lot, Clinton and Allan will describe their journey of discovery, not just of fossils, but of the survival of humans in a decidedly hostile environment. They will discuss the terrain, the heat, whom to travel with (spoiler alert – it is the APS!), the other fossils they found, the geology associated with the area, and the pros and cons of fossil hunting in the Badlands.

BIOGRAPHIES:
Clinton Turner is nine years old and attends Hillhurst Elementary School. He has been interested in Paleontology for as long as he can remember. Clinton has had the great pleasure of meeting several renowned scientists, such as, Dr. Nazir Ibrahim, Dr. Eva Kopplehus, and Dr. Phil Currie, to name a few. A highlight of Clinton’s fossil hunting was this summer when he, along with his dad, Allan Turner, discovered a scute from an anklosaurid during the APS Field Trip into Horsethief Canyon. Clinton also enjoys swimming, fencing, climbing, travelling, and camping and exploring Alberta with his family.

Allan Turner is a geologist by trade, but an explorer at heart. He first became interested in paleontology when he was in elementary school and discovered partial tibia from a hadrosaur near the Morrin Bridge area. His interest was rekindled when his children, Catherine and Clinton, became interested in fossil hunting and collecting. Allan enjoys coffee, outdoor activities and field trips, and spending time with his family.


DIVISION INFORMATION
This event is presented jointly by the Alberta Palaeontological Society, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Mount Royal University, and the Palaeontology Division of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. For details or to present a talk in the future, please contact CSPG Palaeontology Division Chair Jon Noad at jonnoad@hotmail.com or APS Coordinator Harold Whittaker at 403-286-0349 or contact programs1@albertapaleo.org. Visit the APS website for confirmation of event times and upcoming speakers: http://www.albertapaleo.org/