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Rock and Fossil Open House

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for our annual Rock and Fossil Clinic at the Canmore Civic Centre on October 13, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The event features free museum admission at the Canmore Museum along with the Canadian Rockies Earth Science Resource Centre, fascinating displays of meteorites, fossils, dinosaur bones and more, and interactive activities for the whole family!

Speaker Schedule

10:30-11:30 am – Dr. Donald Henderson from the Royal Tyrrell Museum presents: 

Feathered Dinosaurs- How We Got Feathers on “Reptiles”

Dr. Donald Henderson, Curator of Dinosaurs at The Royal Tyrrell Museum, will discuss how we learned about feathered dinosaurs, explain what feathers are and how they might have originated, and what it means for how we think about dinosaurs as once living animals. Presented as part of the Canmore Cave Tours UnEarthed Speaker series. Afterwards, join Canmore Cave Tours and Dr. Henderson “Carbonates, Creatures and Caves – A Review of the Geology and Palaeontology of the Carboniferous Period”, a special in-cave presentation discussing the Carboniferous world- its geography and the plants and animals that inhabited Alberta at that time. Dr. Henderson will review the physical nature of the Livingstone Formation and its ancient environment, forming the rock that houses Rat’s Nest Cave today. Rat’s Nest Cave is a wild cave in its natural state just outside of Canmore, and will serve as a once-in-a-lifetime lecture theatre for Dr. Henderson’s discussion on Alberta’s unique natural history. Tour from from 2:30pm-7:45pm (booking in advance required). Contact Canmore Cave Tours for more details.


1:30 – 2:30 pm – Gerald (Gerry) A. Oetelaar, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary presents: 

Rock Art on the Northwestern Plains: What Can it Tell us about the People who Drew the Petroglyphs and Pictographs?

A professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Gerry is currently focusing his research efforts on the evolution of the Plains landscape, and on human perceptions and uses of this landscape. To explore the evolution of the geomorphological and palaeoecological environment on the northwestern Plains, he depends primarily on the western scientific approach. When trying to understand human perceptions and uses of the landscape, he relies on approaches involving the use of alternate worldviews, namely those of First Nations, to interpret the archaeological record of the Northwestern Plains. The decision to employ such complementary approaches has generated new avenues of research such as the roles of humans in the management of ‘natural’ resources throughout the Holocene. In this presentation, he will try to illustrate some of the benefits of using such complementary approaches in our interpretations of rock art in southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan.

We would like to thank all of our partners and sponsors for helping to support our annual Rock and Fossil Event! 




October 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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