A Welcome Escape: Dinosaur Fieldwork in 2021

Canadian Museum of Nature Blog

Comethe spring, I’m always itching to return to the field. Canadian winters are long and dark, and as the season wanes,I begin to get restless. The feeling was especially strong this winter, being trapped as I was. Like so many others,I continued to workfrom home in my windowlessbasement officeas the pandemic raged on.

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has affected the Museum’s bottom line, and so our research budgets were slashed. Still, I count myself luckythat I was able toekeout a brief field season this past August and return to my familiar stomping grounds in Saskatchewan and Alberta with my graduate students and new Curator of Palaeobiology, Dr. Scott Rufolo. Our plans were scaled back this year—there was little time to excavate much of anything—and so the focus was on documenting old dinosaur quarries.

I’ve talked about relocating old quarriesbefore, but I’ll repeat the importance ofsuch…

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Author: Lochsloidh - McFarlane

Retired science/biology teacher.

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