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‘Everyone loves dinosaurs’: New exhibit opens for the summer at Kelowna museum

The Dinosaurs of BC exhibit is at Okanagan Heritage Museum from June 6 to Sept. 30

Bust in and meet Buster at the Dinosaurs of BC exhibit this summer at the Okanagan Heritage Museum.

The exhibit was held at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria but is now in Kelowna for the summer, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada and Chances Casino.

“We’re just so excited to have it here,” said Kelowna Museums Society’s curatorial manager Amanda Snyder in a media availability. “Everyone loves dinosaurs.”

Included in the exhibit is Buster, a newly-discovered species of dinosaur, that was found along the railway near the Systut River near Smithers, in B.C. in the 1970s. Geologist Kenny Larsen found the fossil bones from a small, plant-eating dinosaur that was a distant cousin of the Triceratops.

In 2019, after examining the bones again, two Canadian paleontologists identified the bones as a dinosaur unique to B.C. - Ferrisaurus sustutensis, otherwise known as The Iron Lizard or Buster.

On top of the new dinosaur, there are many different dinosaur displays in the exhibit, including early versions of tyrannosauruses. There are also displays of tracks from the prehistoric creatures.

“We have a number of different trackways,” added Snyder. “Some of the oldest fossils are from 145 million years ago.”

The exhibit officially opened on June 6 and will be in Kelowna until Sept. 30. There will be a special opening on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where children can dig real fossils.

During the four months it’s in town, there will be many programs for the public to enjoy including Dino-Sundays, activities for kids throughout the summer weeks, various speakers, and Wine-and-Dinos for adults.

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