“Dinny the Dinosaur was made out of cement. Back then in 1934, they didn’t have as much knowledge then as they do now especially since the Tyrell Museum and Dinosaur Provincial Park is opened in Alberta. In the 1930s, it was the only thing of its kind but the models eventually crumbled because they were made out of cement,” explains Trish Exton-Parder, Lead, Media Relations representative at the Calgary Zoo.
The Prehistoric Park is one of the biggest pieces of art on display in Canada. The history of this Park is fascinating because it’s not just the sculpting of the dinosaur models which can be 30 metres high as seen in the Apatosaurus dinosaur. The landscaping was a challenge to design and mold as well, along with researching and creating the horticulture to reflect the physical recreation of the environment and drama that took place 65 to 135 million years ago.
Previously, Alberta was covered with lush jungle and shallow seas. The land that is now 2,000 feet above sea level was at sea level during the existence of the dinosaurs. Contrary to popular belief, oil did not come from dead dinosaurs. Natural gas and oil are typically found in areas where there was once a vast seabed. The presence of rich fossil fuels is a result of a process called anaerobic decomposition which means that dead matter is broken down by microbes without any oxygen. Eventually, the decomposed matter becomes kerogen, a part of the sedimentary rocks. With time, heat, and pressure on the rocks, gases and oil are released from the kerogen. (References – Oil: Not Exactly Dead Dinosaurs or Does Oil Come From Dinosaurs?)