University of Calgary

Researchers to unveil massive pachyrhinosaur skull

Dinosaur discovery in Drumheller among largest ever of its kind

Feb. 19, 2014

University of Calgary paleontologists have uncovered a gargantuan pachyrhinosaur skull in Drumheller, Alberta and are set to unveil the rare find.

Darla Zelenitsky, assistant professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Geoscience, and a research assistant, discovered the skull last October. The last discovery of this type in the same region dates back over 50 years ago when only a partial skull was collected.

Pachyrhinosaurs, as seen in the recent movie Walking with Dinosaurs, were four-legged horned herbivores that lived about 70 million years ago in what are now Alberta and Alaska. A pachyrhinosaur (pron. Pack-ee-rye-no-soar) could be over six metres in length and its head was adorned with large bony bumps, horns, and a large frill at the back extending over the neck.

WHAT: Presentation of the pachyrhinosaur skull recently discovered in the Alberta Badlands

WHEN: Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon (20 minute blocks for each media outlet)

WHERE: University of Calgary, main campus: Earth Science (ES) building, room 54. Please meet next to ES 162 and you will be escorted to the showcase room from there.

Media interested in attending the event should confirm their attendance to book a 20 minute block.

The most convenient parking space to access this building is #L21.

Campus map: http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/files/map/CampusMap_Nov_2013.pdf

WHO: Darla Zelenitsky, assistant professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Geoscience