In this brief article I share some palaeontology videos I came across online by Brandy Yanchyk exploring palaeontology and fieldwork in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta Canada.

So, here is my first article of 2022 which is pretty crazy! Currently I am in the process of finishing off my MSc in Palaeobiology and we are now 6 months away until Jurassic World: Dominion releases in cinemas on June 10th which is very exciting for Jurassic and dinosaur fans across the globe. Before jumping straight in with a scientific focused article here on Jurassic Finds this year, I wanted to write this article about some palaeontology video content that I came across and really enjoyed.

Before I get into this article properly, I just wanted to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to all my global readers out there who have read my palaeontology articles. Over 2021 Jurassic Finds passed a staggering 13,353 views, with the blog passing 26,862 views in total over the past four years! Which is an incredible feat for the blog and for my palaeontology outreach.

Dino Trails an insight into palaeontology in Alberta

The Dino Trails series is a fantastic set of videos breaking down fieldwork and palaeontological discoveries in Dinosaur Provincial Park, a hot bed for dinosaur discoveries in Alberta, Canada. These videos were filmed in 2017 by Brandy Yanchyk and follow renowned palaeontologist Professor Phil Currie and other renowned palaeontologists who have been working on research in the Dinosaur Provincial Park area.

I was really fortunate enough to have some email correspondence with Professor Phil Currie a few years back when I was looking to pursue palaeontology as a career. He gave me some excellent advice about what qualifications I needed, the types of jobs available and whether it was something I was serious about pursuing. I will always be ‘Thankful’ for his helpful advice which led me to finding out about the MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol which I am now currently in the process of finishing.

The Badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park. Image credit: Dinosaur Provincial Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, 2022.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the richest fossil localities of dinosaurs in the world with major dinosaurs like Corythosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Centrosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and many more being identified from Alberta.

Albertosaurus replica model in the Cretaceous Alberta exhibit at The Royal Tyrrell Museum. Image credit: Royal Tyrell Museum, 2022.

The Dino Trails video all feature fieldwork, interviews, fossil discussion and more, you can check out each individual video out listed below. There are two seasons, and the videos aren’t that long between 10-17 minutes at a maximum which is ideal if you don’t have much time available to watch a full dinosaur documentary. The videos are very well filmed and break down palaeontology in an easy-to-understand way, whilst detailing the geological and historical importance of Canadas dinosaur bonebed deposits. If you haven’t seen these videos already, they are all well worth checking out!

Season 1 of Dino Trails

Dino Trails Episode 1The Dinosaur Expert

In Episode 1 Professor Phil Currie talks about his passion for dinosaurs and how he is inspiring the next generation of palaeontologists in Canada.

Dino Trails Episode 2The Royal Tyrrell Museum

In Episode 2 dinosaur enthusiast Bill Bloss talks about his passion for fossil hunting and the important research of the Royal Tyrell Museum is shown.

Dino Trails Episode 3 – The Fossil Hunter

In Episode 3 fossil hunter Wendy Sloboda talks about her fossil discoveries and passion for palaeontology. We are also introduced to her dinosaur Wendiceratops housed at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Dino Trails Episode 4 – Northern Alberta’s Dinosaur Discoveries

In Episode 4 explore dinosaur footprints in a coal mine in Grande Cache and learn about how the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum was founded.

Dino Trails Episode 5 – British Columbia’s Dinosaur Frontier

In Episode 5 explore British Colombia to see dinosaur footprints at Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site and discover new fossils found at Tumbler Ridge.

Season 2 of Dino Trails

Dino Trails S2 Episode 1 – Southern Alberta’s Dinosaurs

Dino Trails Season 2 Episode 1 kicks off with a break down of Zuul crurivastator an ankylosaurid housed at the Royal Ontario Museum. This video also covers the ice age mammals of Alberta.

Dino Trails S2 Episode 2 – The McAbee Fossil Beds Heritage Site

In Dino Trails Episode 2 explore the Eocene fossils of The McAbee Fossil Beds Heritage Site.

Dino Trails S2 Episode 3 – Edmonton’s Dinosaurs

In Dino Trails Episode 3 Professor Phil Currie leads a group of students in fieldwork and explains fossil discoveries of Edmontosaurus.

Dino Trails S2 Episode 4 – Grande Prairie’s Dinosaurs

In Dino Trails Episode 4 explore Grande Prairie with palaeontologists fossil hunting.

Dino Trails S2 Episode 5 – British Columbia’s Dinosaur Footprints

In Dino Trails Episode 5 explore British Columbia’s dinosaur footprints at The Exploration Place in Prince George and the Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site.

Fossil hunting and fieldwork

As you can imagine the above videos have really sparked my desire to do a lot more fieldwork. Fieldwork and fossil hunting for various reasons has been fairly limited for me recently so I am looking forward to taking some time out once my MSc is out the way to do some fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast. Fieldwork experience overseas however has always been something I have really wanted to pursue and these videos above have just fuelled this passion even more!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and watching these fantastic palaeontology videos from filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk. The YouTube series really does emphasise the importance of palaeontology and how new fossil discoveries are changing our views of dinosaurs and the environments that dinosaurs lived in. I will be back soon with a new scientific focused article for Jurassic Finds but in the mean time do give the blog a follow, check out my past articles and my palaeontology and podcast outreach at my linktree.

As seen in Dino Trails S1 Episode 3 the skeleton of the ceratopsian Wendiceratops pinhornensis named after fossil hunter Wendy Soloboda in 2010 and housed at the Royal Ontario Museum. Image credit: Royal Ontario Museum, 2022.

2 thoughts on “Dino Trails: The Dinosaurs of Dinosaur Provincial Park

  1. Dear James
    What a coincidence, we just blogged about Mary Anning the great fossil hunter. She collected fossils from the Jurassic periode at the Jurassic coast.
    As you surely know an important find was just made in the Rutland Reserve. It will be dug out this coming summer. It already got its nick name โ€˜the Dragon of Rutlandโ€™.
    Thanks for introducing us to the Dino Trail we had never heard about before.
    Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hi Klausbernd,

      Thanks for commenting! That’s really great to hear, I’ll have to check your article out. Yeah Mary Anning was a brilliant palaeontologist. Yes, I saw on the News about the Rutland Ichthyosaur, a pretty incredible fossil discovery, especially so far inland.

      Thank You, yeah I stumbled on Dino Trails a while ago when I was searching for palaeontology content and really enjoyed the videos so thought I would share them here.

      Thanks for commenting and I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog!

      Best Wishes,

      James

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