What did dinosaurs eat when they lived in Burlington?


Published November 29, 2023 at 12:01 pm

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Did dinosaurs once roam in the land we now call Burlington? If so, what did they chow down on?

These are just a couple of questions that experts from the Royal BC Museum and the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) will be able to answer for you.

On Dec. 5, the experts will team up for a live stream presentation to talk about dinosaurs as the British Columbia-based museum says goodbye to its current feature exhibition surrounding Sue the T-Rex.

Sue has been on display at the museum since June, playing host to large crowds that want to take a look at one of the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever found.

Discovered in 1990 during excavation of a site in South Dakota, Sue is also famous for the legal dispute surrounding her ownership which, once settled, found her sold at auction for US $8.3 million.

She is named after the woman who found her, explorer Sue Hendrickson. The dinosaur’s permanent home is in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

The live stream will focus on dinosaur habitats and diets in the Late Cretaceous period which was about 75 million years ago (give or take 20 million years).

According to the RBG, when dinosaurs like Sue were roaming the earth, plants like bryophytes (ferns and mosses), gymnosperms (Ginkgo and conifers such as Redwoods) and angiosperms (flowering plants) were part of this warmer, humid environment. During the Cretaceous period, plants started to diversify, providing more variety of food for herbivorous dinosaurs and other animals.

“We’ll look at some plants that were around with the dinosaurs and are still here,” the RBG says. “We’ll bring the plants, we’ll bring the dinosaurs and a paleontologist!”

All ages are welcome to attend with the focus being on those in Grades 4 to 6. The start time is 12:15 p.m.

You can register for free in advance through Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BK_0eR57QfyTr62DEbRyEw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

It is suggested that you bring along a conifer (a cedar or pine tree) twig or two for a quick identification activity.

Zoom Room capacity is limited. If you are not able to access through Zoom, the event will be streaming on Facebook Live. You can also visit the Royal BC Museum Facebook page to attend the live program. A recording of the program will be posted later on Youtube.

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