“I couldn’t help it. I happen to have been born to do it.

I am sure that I would have been a rotten failure doing anything else.”

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Breaking News ~ The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

New Dinosaur Museum Gets A Name

Philip Currie uncovers the complete skull of an Ornithomimid dinosaur.
Dinosaur Provincial Park

Announced today:  A new palaeontology museum to be constructed near Wembley, Alberta, Canada will officially be known as the Phillip J Currie Dinosaur Museum, in honour of Dr. Phil Currie.

Dr. Philip J. Currie is a world renowned paleontologist who helped found the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology near Drumheller, Alberta.

He has also been instrumental in the development of several Grand Prairie Region dinosaur sites, including the Pipestone Creek bonebed, over the past 25 years.  Among his many publications, Dr. Currie co-authored a monograph on the bonebed's unique dinosaur; Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai.

Philip Currie uncovering a specimen in Dinosaur Provincial Park, 2010

Dr. Philip J. Currie is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Palaeobiology at the University of Alberta.

Special Commondations
Research Associate at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the University of Calgary (June 2008)
Received the Alberta Award of Excellence [2010]

Research Interests
Works on dinosaurs, focusing on problems with growth and variation, the anatomy and relationships of carnivorous dinosaurs, and the origin of birds. Has a long term goal of understanding the rich Cretaceous ecosystem of Dinosaur Park , and contemporaneous faunas and habitats of other sites in western North America. Is also interested in what can be learned about dinosaurian behaviour, including annual and intercontinental migrations.
Interested in dinosaurs since childhood, he finds that the excitement of discovery (fossils in the field, and ideas in the "lab") constantly renews his interest.
Fieldwork connected with his research has been concentrated in Alberta, British Columbia, the Arctic, Argentina and China. Work on the Centrosaurus bonebed, the origin of birds, "feathered" dinosaurs, hadrosaur nesting sites and the Canada-China Dinosaur Project have attracted the greatest international attention.

"Happy is the boy who discovers the bent of his life-work during childhood".

                        - Sven Hedin

Congratulations Phil.