Our friend Sally from Australia is visiting, so in early July we took a seven-day drive around nice bits of Western Canada, notably including the badlands-and-dinosaur country of Southern Alberta. I’ll run some dinosaur shots over the next few days.
Drumheller — where, oddly, my uncle was once bank manager — is at the center of all this. Just outside town is The Tyrrell, a really extremely nice museum of palaeontology. Tons and tons of dinos, models and fossils both.
The eyes are a bit fanciful — it’s unlikely we’ll ever know what they looked like — but there are grounds to believe in the rendition of the skin. They actually have a dinosaur-skin fossil, I forget the details of how the impression was rendered onto the mud, and the scales are sized and shaped about as shown here. The color, like the eyes, will remain a mystery I guess. And you have to love the tiny hint of smile.
I didn’t take notes, don’t know what kind of dinosaur this is. If you care about that kind of thing go the museum already, you won’t regret it.