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Curator presents dinosaur talk at the Galt

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If you are interested in the dinosaurs which used to roam southern Alberta several million years ago, you will want to check out the Galt Museum’s guest speaker this Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m..
Donald Henderson, the curator of  dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller who will be the featured speaker at The Curator Presents.  Henderson will lead a tour of the Galt Museum’s new exhibit Dinosaurs & Company and lead a thought-provoking discussion on New Fossils, New Ideas - Our changing views of dinosaurs and how they lived.
The past 30 years, and the last 10 years in particular, have seen great changes in our ideas about dinosaurs and their ways of life. An average of 15 new dinosaur genera are now being described every year, and each year there are more and more people working in the field and in the laboratory studying dinosaurs.
"These new discoveries have, at the very least, increased our knowledge of the range of body sizes represented by dinosaurs," according to Dr.Henderson in a press release, "from tiny carnivores like Microraptor gui with a body and tail length of just 50 centimeters to giant herbivores like Paralatitan stromeri with an upper arm bone 1.69 meters long!"
"Dinosaur fossils are known from all the world's continents, including Antarctica and Greenland, and we now realize that dinosaurs rapidly spread across the world soon after their first appearance in the Late Triassic about 230 million years ago. The dinosaur fossil record is much more than just skeletons. We have trackways, skin impression, nests with eggs and brooding adults, eggs with embryos, eggs inside bodies, bite marks made by one dinosaur on another while they were still alive, evidence of cannibalism, and even some internal organs preserved in an exceptional specimen of a small carnivore from Italy."
He will also be discussing how fossil evidence points to dinosaurs  being related to birds
Dr. Donald Henderson holds a B.Sc. In Geology and Physics from the University of Toronto, 1992 and a Ph.D. In Vertebrate Palaeontology & Biomechanics from the University of Bristol, 1999.  Current research projects include estimating body masses of pterosaurs and numbers of dinosaur skeletons lost to erosion in Dinosaur Provincial Park.
Upcoming research includes working with researchers from Natural History Museum in London on locomotion in armoured dinosaurs (stegosaurs and ankylosaurs); revising a walking pterosaur computer model; and studying the large Lethbridge/Korite elasmosaur collected in 2007.  This year,his expected fieldwork includes collecting a large hadrosaur from the Horseshoe Formation; collecting a small tyrannosaur from DinosaurProvincial Park; and dealing with the usual fossil surprises that appear yearly.
The Curator Presents... is free with admission and for annual pass holders, and includes refreshments and exhibit access.  The Curator Presents... is one of several programs and events offered in conjunction with the related exhibit Dinosaurs & Company on display at the Galt Museum & Archives until January 31.
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Café Galt examines living history at Wally’s Beach

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The Galt Museum has lined up some fascinating programs to support their brand new exhibit on Southern Alberta dinosaurs, beginning with the first Café Galt presentation this Wednesday (Oct. 21) featuring Cardston teacher Shayne Tolman.
Tolman discovered the Wally’s Beach  archeological site in the lake bed of  St. Mary Reservoir, located just outside of Lethbridge while on a family outing in 1996.
In doing so, he uncovered a veritable treasure trove of fossils and  archaeological knowledge.
“They have uncovered some incredible stuff there,” Tolman enthused.
“Every time the wind blows, it uncovers something new,”  Tolman said, who has been exploring the site for 11 years. There are all kinds of rare, one-of-a-kind fossils as well as woolly mammoth, camel  and saber tooth tiger tracks.
“Those are just in the dirt, they aren’t fossilized. Because of the wind, there  are  layers up on layers of them.
 And that’s living history, when you look at bones, that’s dead history, if you can call it that, but here you can actually see how the animals interacted with each other,” he said, emphasizing it is illegal to explore and remove artifacts from sites without  the proper permits.
“And you can see human tracks  interacting with these extinct animals,” he said adding a couple years ago, some high school students were recruited to help create a 80  square metre cast of some of these tracks.
“That’s a story in itself,” he said adding he will be speaking about  the background, discovery and scientific investigation of one of North America’s most significant prehistorical sites.
“ It’s great to get these students  involved  in local heritage, not just archeology or paleontology,” he said. Because  the site is so fragile, the only time Tolman can explore it is during the winter and that’s only when it isn’t covered with snow.

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Massive exhibit puts dinosaurs on display

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Believe it or not, about 75 million years ago, Lethbridge was a tropical paradise covered in tropical flora like ferns, fig trees, magnolias and even palm trees, over which where birds flew free and where dinosaurs like the hypacrosaurus and  other members of the hadrosaur (duck billed dinosaur) herbivore family roamed. This is the scene at the Galt Museum, where a new exhibit on southern Albertan dinosaurs opens , Saturday, Oct. 17.Wendy Aitkens shows off a mock dinosaur egg. Photo by Richard Amery
 The family focused exhibit, on loan from the Museum of Nature and Science in Sherbrooke , Quebec, is at the Galt Museum until Jan. 31.
It includes fossils and casts of fossils and plenty of interactive exhibits which examine dinosaurs  living in southern Alberta during the Cretaceous period, approximately 75 million years ago which is about 10 million years before they became extinct.
“It was much different then,” enthused Galt Museum curator Wendy Aitkens adding the exhibit examines the environmental impact as well as extinction theories and dinosaurs’ interactions with early mammals.
“There’s lots of  things for people  to explore,” she said adding there are lots of programs lined up including  guest speakers and other activities related to the exhibit as well. The exhibit also includes a section on  the process of paleontology — all of the procedures used to uncover dinosaur bones. Another part of the exhibit focuses on how dinosaurs may be related to birds.
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Bridge myths debunked at Café Galt

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If the In the Shadow Under the Bridge festival, Sept. 5 piques your curiosity for more Bridge trivia, then check out the third Cafe Galt presentation, Sept. 8.the bridge
Belinda Crowson will debunk some of the myths surrounding Lethbridge’s steel runged railroad icon during the last Café Gault presentation about the bridge at the Gault Museum.
 The presentation will  help draw the museum’s latest display focusing on the Bridge’s 100th birthday to a close.
“One thing we get asked a lot is if we’re called Lethbridge because we’re located left of the bridge,” Crowson chuckled.
“A lot of stupid and illegal things and highly dangerous things are said to have occurred around the bridge. Did people fly planes through it? Of course  the older planes had shorter wingspans. Did people cycle across it? Does the ghost of the man who designed the bridge still haunt it?” she pondered, suggesting some of the strange stories she will tell about the bridge.

 

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Museums listing for August and September

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Blackfoot Cultural Society  

Val Good Rider Exhibit 

403.327.6828     Mon - Sat 9:30am - 5:30pm 

      Blackfoot Art Gallery & Gift Shop, Lethbridge Centre   

      Runs until September 17 

Bowman Arts Centre  

Bridging Divides: Community Exhibition 

403.327.2813     Main Gallery 

      811 5th Ave. So. 

      Runs until September 19 

      Letters From the Edge:Photographs~John Macdonald  

        Music Room 

      811 5th Ave. So. 

      Runs until September 14 

      

      Fluid Visions: Work from the Art Program 

      of the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre 

      Yates Gallery 

      10th St. & 4th Ave. 

      Runs until September 19 

Galt Museum & Archives  The Mighty Bridge 

403.320.3954     Moods of the Bridge 

      Art of the Bridge 

      Riveting Photos: Landscapes of the Bridge 

      Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun + Hol. 1pm - 5pm (until Aug. 31) 

      502 1 St. So. 

      runs until September 20    

Lethbridge Public Library        

  Allied Arts Council Display ~ 

403.380.7336    Mon-Fri 9am - 9pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 1 - 5pm 

      810 5 Ave. So. 

      Runs until September 1 

Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Into the Streets: Avenues for Art 

403.327.8770     Tues-Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1-5pm 

      in temporary location 324 5 St. So. 

      Runs until September 19 

      

      ‘The Circus and the Wishing Well’ ~ Kristi Malakoff 

      In temporary location 324 5 Street So 

      Runs Until September 13 

      

      Inspired Perspectives: Imagining the Bridge 

      Week-long art classes for youth      

      in temporary location 324 5 St. So. 

      Runs July 6 – August 21 

Trianon Gallery    Triangulation

~ Yan Luo, Nic de Cosson, April Matisz 

403.381.8888    104 5 St. So. 

      Runs until August 28 

U of L Faculty of Fine Arts

 The Body Multipled: Figurative Photographs 

403.329.2616    Main Gallery, University of Lethbridge 

      Runs until September 

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Bridge View: A Seasonal Journey by Donna Bily

      Niche Gallery - Locker #W138, 8th Level 

      Runs until September 11 

Conservatory of Music

   Southern Alberta Vocal Experience (S.A.V.E.) S

403-329-2304    Daily concerts and masterclasses open to the public 

      University of Lethbridge Recital Hall (W570) 

      Runs August 10-22 

 

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