A liquor-store receipt may help lead to the arrest of those responsible for the destruction of an “irreplaceable” dinosaur skeleton meant to be the centre piece of a new fossil museum in northern Alberta.
The receipt was found in a nearby camping site, along with some fossil fragments.
RCMP told CBC's Briar Stewart they now have suspects in the vandalism.
Why does every g-d thread in this place have to turn into crap like this?
Oh, maybe because of comments like this that the mayor has asked we refrain from making and most members do that now? It was baseless, absurd and totally unconnected to the story posted. Did I mention stupid and insulting to Conservative members?
Originally Posted by jimbotelecom
Let me guess.....Conservative Party of Canada supporters?
Dinosaur expert Philip Currie was on a dig in the Alberta badlands a few weeks back, camping in a tent, when he learned that yet another fossil site had been vandalized.
The heartbreaking news was in an email which his wife received when she climbed high enough on a hill to get reception on her cellphone. The message said that a Hadrosaur, which had been discovered in the Pipestone Creek area near Grande Prairie in northwestern Alberta on June 15, was smashed to pieces and had been found by a crew returning to the site to carefully remove the bones.
The duck-billed dinosaur skeleton was intended to become a prized exhibit in a museum that's being built in nearby Wembley, Alta.
RCMP say they are investigating the Hadrosaur vandalism, but don't have any suspects.
The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative, the group building the museum, says it is at least the fourth act of fossil poaching and vandalism in the region in the last few months.
Historians are comparing it to the Taliban’s destruction of massive Buddhist statues in Afghanistan: Ancient aboriginal pictograms and petroglyphs on an Albertan rock formation have been systematically destroyed by cultural vandals using a rock drill, acid and a power washer.
The obliteration of the etchings on the Glenwood Erratic near Pincher Creek in southern Alberta was discovered last week, just as an historian was about to photograph and test the markings.
“The site is part of the earliest heritage of Canada,” said Michael Dawe, Curator of History at Red Deer Museum. “It looks like an ancient ceremonial/religious site at Glenwood, Alta., was deliberately destroyed. If true, this is a shocking and appalling incident.”