Tumbler Ridge


In the summer of 2000, two local boys Mark Turner and Daniel Helm made a chance discovery of some unusual indentations in the rock along a creek bank while tubing on the creek.  They immediately knew they were looking at dinosaur footprints and after a fashion they managed to convince the adults of the community as well. 

They immediately contacted Dr. Philip J. Currie (Head of Dinosaur Research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta) and he referred them to his Ph.D. student, Rich McCrea at the University of Alberta. 

The prints looked authentic and plans were made for some field work in the Tumbler Ridge area for the summer of 2001.  After seeing the tracks in person Rich recognized the trackway as being that of a large quadrupedal dinosaur.  The tracks themselves could be identified as Tetrapodosaurus borealis, an ichnotaxon that is recognized as being produced by ankylosaurs.  The trackway was long with several manus/pes (hand and footprint) sets, in fact this trackway was the first identifiable in situ trackway from the Dunvegan Formation and at the time was the only in situ trackway in British Columbia since all of the trackways in the Peace River Canyon were flooded in 1979.