Paleontology Gallery

Paleontology Gallery

Fossils tell us an amazing story of life on Earth that stretches back 3.5 billion years.  Explore our exhibit of dinosaur bones and trackways and the stories that the encasing rock tell.  Whether young or old, we are all fascinated with the many stories and mysteries that are written in stone!

 

Paleontology Gallery

Our Paleontology Gallery includes full-size dinosaur models and fossils from the area over 70 million years ago.

A Struthiomimus and Albertosaurus, are engaged in discussion about who can run the fastest. Visitors can have their photo taken with a model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull.

A fossil trackway from the Fernie BC area is on display and is the only sauropod evidence found so far in Canada. At 100 million years old it is also the oldest dinosaur evidence found in Western Canada. We have a giant sauropod dinosaur, a Mamenchisaur skeleton from china, as an example of the kind of dinosaur that probably left the footprint.

For much of its pre-history, the Prince George area was under water and to help us tell that story we have two skeletons of marine reptiles that probably swam in those waters. The long slender Mosasaur would swim by undulating its body in the same way as a crocodile. The heavily built Plesiosaur was an open ocean swimmer with long narrow conical teeth suitable for catching and holding onto fish. It swam with a motion similar to sea turtles.

Finally, visitors can help to uncover some fossils. Adjacent to the Children's Gallery there is the dig pit where aspiring paleontologists can uncover and identify some dinosaur fossils.