B.C.'s first full dino-fossil almost fully excavated


Photo: A Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) fossil is being excavated in Tumbler Ridge. It could be the first full fossil excavated in B.C. – Courtesy of



A Palaeontologist in Tumbler Ridge says what could be B.C.’s first full dinosaur fossil is almost completely dug-up.

Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley are leading the dig on behalf of the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre and the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation.

McCrea says after two years of digging, it’s expected that the fossil of a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) will likely surface next year.

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He says after that’s complete, a replica cast will be made of each of the bones. The replicated bones will then be mounted to form the dinosaur.


McCrea says if all goes well, the exhibit could be a huge tourist attraction.

Meanwhile, McCrea and Buckley will be hosting a seminar on Tuesday about the discovery, and other projects that the PRPRC is working on.

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If residents have a fossil that was found in the Peace Region, McCrea says he will take some time on Tuesday to examine it.


The event will be held on Tuesday evening at the North Peace Cultural Centre. There are three topics that will be discussed from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

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