Adjunct Research Professor Jordan Mallon Prepares for One-Tonne Fossil to Arrive in Ottawa

Friday, August 4, 2017

Adjunct Research Professor Jordan Mallon is a paleontologist at the Canada Museum of Nature here in Ottawa. For the past two years he has been working in Alberta attempting to extract a one-tonne skull embedded in solid rock.

The Chasmosaurus canadensis affectionately named "Lumpy" by the team is now ready to be airlifted from the site in Alberta and transported to its new home at the Museum of Nature. Measuring almost two metres in length, the skull is the largest of any land animal. Due to the size of the skull, as well as the inaccessible location of the dig, a helicopter will be used to transport the fossil away from the site.

The skull will spend a short time at the Royal Tyrrell Museum before it is shipped to the Museum of Nature, where it will be on display as of October.