On August 16, 1991, then high school teacher, Robert Gebhardt from Eastend joined our palaeontologists on a prospecting expedition to the exposed bedrock along the Frenchman River Valley to learn how fossils are found and identified in the field. Within a half a day, he discovered the base of a heavily worn tooth, and a vertebra from the tail, both suggesting that they belonged to a T. rex.
In June 1994, our palaeontologists began excavating the T. rex, one of the largest known carnivorous dinosaurs. Over 6,000 people visited the excavation site during 1994. The 65-million-year old skeleton is the first T. rex found in Saskatchewan, and was named Scotty. As the individual bones were removed from the rock in our labs, Scotty provided new information both about T. rex and about Cretaceous Saskatchewan.
The Cretaceous Period marked the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. Saskatchewan’s fossil record shows that the province was home to both carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs, including meat-eaters like Tyrannosaurus rex, horned dinosaurs like Triceratops, and duck-billed dinosaurs.
Visitors will get a closer look at dinosaurs and their fossils. Of course there is Scotty! Scotty’s bones have been copied and cast into a complete full size skeleton which is on display at the T.rex Discovery Centre!