I think people in general think that archaeology and paleontology are pretty cool, but it really takes a celebrity to bring positive publicity to a significant historic resource site, especially one in Grande Prairie. No offense folks, but you’re not exactly a top tourist destination. Maybe now you are, thanks to Dan Aykroyd, his wife, and their celebrity friends, which include Robert Kennedy Jr., John Goldwyn and Patrica Cornwell, all of whom joined a team of paleontologists at Pipestone Creek in excavating dinosaurs believed to be at least 70 million years old. See the full article from the Edmonton Journal here.
Two things I love the most about this story, on top of the great work that’s being done out there by paleontologist Philip Currie:
(1) Robert Kennedy Jr.’s son wants to be a paleontologist. I truly believe if you expose your kids to all the world has to offer, they will find themselves… and their passion.
(2) Patricia Cornwell’s statement: “If we don’t really cherish and respect our past, no matter how long ago that past is, we cannot take care of the present or the future.”
So? Great story, now what? Bring your children on a dig, let history flow through them. Might I suggest St. Vincent?