George The Lambeosaurus – Pacific Museum of the Earth

Client: Pacific Museum of the Earth (University of British Columbia)
Writer: Kirsten Hodge
Producer, Director and Editor: Domenico Cutrupi
Cinematography: Surya Singh
Voice Over: Linnea Sage

Meet George, the PME’s Lambeosaurus. George is a fossilized duck-billed, hooded dinosaur that lived about 75 million years ago in what is present-day Alberta. George is on a permanent loan from the National Museum of Canada. Charles Sternberg discovered George’s skeleton in 1913. The exhibit installation at UBC took place in 1950.

This is George, the Lambeosaurus. About 75 million years ago, in what is present-day Alberta, this duck-billed, hooded dinosaur used to wander through the forest on his hind legs, only dropping to all fours to munch on low-lying vegetation. Judging from his square, flat teeth, we know that George was a plant eater. Much like our own molars, George had teeth that were perfect for chewing up plants. However, you’ll notice that Lambeosaurus have no incisors—which is another clue that they were not meat eaters. You’ll also notice the large bump, or cranial crest, on his head. It’s hollow, and thought to have been used for social functions such as recognition and noisemaking. These Lambeosaurus can grow to be quite large—up to 15 meters in length!

George was found in Alberta 100 years ago (1913) in what we call a bone bed, which is essentially an area of land that has tens to thousands of skeletons all preserved together. Scientists believe that dinosaurs like George died about 65 million years ago during an extinction event that may have been caused in part by a large meteorite impact. Following George’s death, his soft body parts would have decomposed or have eaten by scavengers. What stuck around were the hard parts. Minerals crystalized in the pores of the bone, such that what used to be bone became rock. The rock was then exposed at the Earth’s surface for a lucky paleontologist to discover!

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