Local dinosaur prints on display at Cranbrook History Centre

by Keith Powell
Guy Santucci, Cranbrook History Centre Board Chair, and Jason Jacob, President of East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, with one of the dino prints.

Guy Santucci, Cranbrook History Centre Board Chair, and Jason Jacob, President of East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, with one of the dino prints. — Photo courtesy Cranbrook History Centre

The Cranbrook History Centre is pleased to announce its new display: theropod (three-toed) dinosaur tracks found right here in the Kootenays.

The tracks were recently discovered by Teck's geologists at Teck's Greenhills Mine and Fording River Operations and loaned to the Cranbrook History Centre through a partnership with the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines.

"Basically, these are samples from what could be explained as Jurassic Park-type raptors,” said Jason Jacob, President of East Kootenay Chamber of Mines. “This area was basically a swampy inland sea with lots of marsh. The meat-eating raptors would tromp around the shoreline and leave tracks. They stood about the size of a full-grown man and ran incredibly fast."

One of seven theropod (three-toed) dinosaur tracks now on display at Cranbrook History Centre.

One of seven theropod (three-toed) dinosaur tracks now on display at Cranbrook History Centre. — Photo courtesy Cranbrook History Centre

There are seven dinosaur track samples displayed at the Cranbrook History Centre and two more are with the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines to support their school education programming.

"We want to extend a big ‘Thank You’ to Teck and acknowledge Teck Resources Limited for their consideration in salvaging and loaning these items to the Cranbrook History Centre so the public can enjoy, learn and explore this unique part of our local history," said Guy Santucci, Cranbrook History Centre Board Chair. "These particular tracks are from The Mist Mountain Formation which would make them about 140 million years old. We're thrilled to have them."

The fossils required a team effort to move. (L-R) Papa Sylla, Alison Seward, Shane Seward, Zhen Luo.

The fossils required a team effort to move. (L-R) Papa Sylla, Alison Seward, Shane Seward, Zhen Luo. — Photo courtesy Cranbrook History Centre

The Mist Mountain Formation is a latest Jurassic to earliest Cretaceous geologic formation in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin of southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Alberta.

Tammy Morgan, Cranbrook History Centre Executive Director, notes that with the recent opening of the Paleontology Gallery in June the dino tracks are an incredible addition to an already impressive local collection.

“It is because of our continued partnerships with other business, organizations, and community partners, such as Teck and East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, that we can continue to grow and develop while engaging with our history, past and present. We here at the museum are incredibly excited to have this newest addition to the Centre.”

Alison Seward, Senior Geologist Supervisor at Teck Greenhills.

Alison Seward, Senior Geologist Supervisor at Teck Greenhills. — Photo courtesy Cranbrook History Centre

“This dino track display is the result of a number of individuals who went above and beyond to ensure the public had access to this unique local piece of history,” said Santucci. “We’d like to specifically recognize Alison Seward, Senior Geologist Supervisor at Teck Greenhills, as well as those employees responsible for the fossil find: Engineer Joseph McCue, Geologists Jon Lodge and Clinton Brickner, and Drill Operator Andrew Endicott.”

About Cranbrook History Centre

The Cranbrook History Centre is a museum and archives dedicated to the research, preservation, and restoration of heritage pertaining to the history of Cranbrook and the Canadian Pacific Railway. Located in beautiful downtown Cranbrook, the History Centre offers a specialized experience for all ages.

About Teck

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK.

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