Deep Alberta

Alberta is well known for its fossil treasures, and author John Acorn is as keen on the long-dead creatures of Alberta as he is on the living. Here, John features 80 of the most noteworthy fossils, fossil locations, and fossil hunters from this most palaeontological of provinces. There's more to the story of "deep Alberta" than dinosaurs, but dinosaur fans will find all their favourite beasts here as well -- from Edmontosaurus to Tyrannosaurus rex, and everything in-between. Then there are the surprises, such as the world's oldest pike, the discovery of a venomous mammal, and the fossils found in such unlikely places as Edmonton and Calgary. Prepared with the collaboration of palaeontologists around Alberta, and the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum, this is a book that is long overdue, and that deserves a place on everyone's bookshelf.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Contents 6
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction 12
Geology of Alberta 14
Albanerpetontids, as We Say… 15
Ammonites and Ammolites 18
Albertosaurus, Alberta’s Dinosaur 19
Amber, Fossilized Tree Sap 22
Amia, The Bowfin 23
Atrociraptor, The New Raptor 26
Basilemys, A Very Large Turtle 27
Bison, As Opposed to Buffalo 30
The Blindman River 31
Belonostomus, A Pointy-headed Fish 34
Barnum Brown, Fossil Hunter 35
Burbank, Alberta 38
Calgary, and the Things That Lay Beneath It 39
Extinct Camels 42
The Canadian Shield 43
Centrosaurus, A Herding Horned Dinosaur 46
Champsosaurus, A Kind of Non-Crocodile 47
Chasmosaurus, A Short-Horned Dinosaur 50
North American Cheetahs 51
The Bow Valley at Cochrane 54
Cretaceous Lizards 55
Alberta’s Crocodilians 58
Dawn Redwood Trees 59
Devil’s Coulee and its Dinosaur Nests 62
Didelphodon, A Sort of Primitive Possum 63
Dinosaur Provincial Park 66
Dromaeosaurus, A Snappy Little Raptor 67
The Drumheller Badlands 69
Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park 71
Dunkleosteus, A Very Scary Fish 74
Edmonton, A Modest Sort of Dinosaur Graveyard 75
Edmontosaurus, Edmonton’s Duck-billed Dinosaur 78
Edmontonia, Edmonton’s Other Dinosaur 79
Feathered Dinosaurs 82
Fossil Frogs 83
Gar, The Fish 86
Horn Corals 87
How Do You Know Where To Dig? 90
Hypacrosaurus, Less than the Ultimate Dinosaur 91
The Kleskun Hills 94
Lambeosaurus, Lambe’s Dinosaur 95
Leptoceratops, A Hornless Horned Dinosaur 98
Alberta’s Lions 99
Lundbreck Falls and the Black Beauty 102
Mammoths and Mastodons 103
The Milk River 106
Mosasaurs, The Giant Marine Lizards 107
Multituberculates, Common but Extinct Mammals 110
Myledaphus, A Guitar Fish 111
New Fossil Names 114
The Oil Sands 115
Ornithomimids, The Bird Mimics 118
Pachyrhinosaurus, The Thick-nosed Dinosaur 119
Palaeontology in Alberta 122
Pantodonts, Giant Palaeocene Mammals 123
Parasaurolophus, A Long-headed Duck-bill 126
Parksosaurus, Park’s Dinosaur 127
The World’s Oldest Pike 129
Plants of the Ornithomimid Quarry 131
Plesiadapis, A Weird Early Primate 134
Plesiosaurs, The Sea Serpents of the Mesozoic 135
“Primitive” Plants 138
Pterosaurs, The Flying Reptiles 139
Fossil Salamanders 142
Sandy Point 143
Saurornitholestes, A Raptor 146
Short-faced Bear 147
Since the Ice Age 150
Snakes of the Dinosaur Times 151
Soft-shelled Turtles 154
Stegoceras 155
The Sternberg Family 158
Sedimentology, the Science of Sediments 159
Sturgeon, A Living Fossil Fish 162
Styracosaurus, A Classic Alberta Dinosaur 163
Trace Fossils 166
Troodon, The “Smart” Dinosaur 167
Triceratops, The Three-horned Face 170
Tyrannosaurus or “T. rex” 171
The Venomous Mammal 174
Glossary 176
References and Further Reading 180
Key Figures in Alberta Palaeontology 182
Image Credits 186
Index 190