A double feature this week for amateur paleontologists as the Speakers Series continues at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
The country's most famous dinosaur museum is hosting two free lectures for the public.
"Thursday, we have a former researcher from the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Dr. Takuya Konishi, who's now at the University of Cincinnati," reported Dr. Francois Therien, who oversees the Speakers Series. "He's a mososaur expert, so he's going to come and talk about those marine lizards that looked like Komodo Dragons with flippers."
"Friday, we have a guest coming from the Yukon, Dr. Grant Zazula, a provincial paleontologist, who will come and talk about the ice age fauna, the frozen faunas that they found in the permafrost up in the Yukon."
Between about 20,000 and 10,000 years ago the area was populated with ice age animals such as mammoths, horses and camels, along with predators like lions and the Dire Wolf, a larger extinct cousin of today's wolves. Dr. Therrien says you'll even get to see a first of its kind fossil find.
"We've heard of frozen mammoths from Siberia, even frozen lions from Siberia, but now here in Canada, in the Yukon, we have a frozen Dire Wolf pup," he outlined.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. They are held every Thursday, and this week, Friday, until April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the Tyrrell auditorium.