Alberta Palaeontological Society

The Meeting Place for Amateur and Professional Palaeontologists

APS members listening to a description of the Devil's Coulee fossil locality

The Alberta Palaeontological Society (APS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1986. Our main goal is to promote the science of palaeontology through study and education. The APS makes important contributions to the field by discovering new findings and responsibly collecting, curating, and displaying significant fossil specimens. We are passionate about educating the general public, sharing knowledge about palaeontological discoveries, and fostering an appreciation for the ancient past.

Moreover, the society is committed to preserving palaeontological materials for the benefit of future generations. To achieve our mission, the APS actively collaborates with professional and academic communities, working together to safeguard and enhance the understanding of Alberta's rich cultural heritage.

The Alberta Palaeontological Society is dedicated to spreading the wonders of palaeontology, ensuring that people of all ages can explore and appreciate the fascinating world of prehistoric life.


Field Trip Registration Open!

The registration for the 2024 field trips are now open, and we have some very exciting ones!

  • June 22: Cretaceous sites near Dorothy, AB
  • July 6: K/Pg boundary near Huxley, AB
  • July 25 - 29: Cretaceous Hell Creek formation in Montana
  • August 24 - 26: Fossils and tracksite near Grande Prairie & Grande Cache
  • September 14: Tyndall Stone walking tour in Calgary

To register as well as for additional details, please see the field trip page. We look forward to seeing many of you out there!

Paleo 2024 Videos Available!

A view of the auditorium at Paleo 2024

The recordings for a selection of the talks at Paleo 2024 are now available on a playlist on our YouTube channel! Thanks to the presenters for making this such a wonderful event and allowing us to share these with the world.

Next Event

Field Trip

Upper Cretaceous of the Dorothy area, AB

Saturday, June 22, 2024

NOTE: This field trip is now full.

Leader: Steve Kary

Palaeontologist Steve Kary will lead us to several interesting Upper Cretaceous sites along the Red Deer River valley near Dorothy, Alberta. Steve has been doing active research in this area for the past few seasons. He has a number of sites for us to visit, possibly including a lower Horseshoe Canyon Formation dinosaur bonebed (slumped into two separate outcrops); an invertebrate site; Ophiomorpha ichnofossils; and rippled sandstone beds. Expect to hike in rugged badlands terrain with long slopes heading in and out of the main valley. There is a fee of $40 per member for this trip to help offset expected costs. Further, due to restricted private access, we can only accommodate 20 members so if you are interested please register early to avoid disappointment. This field trip is just one day in length and Dorothy is about a 2-hour drive east of Calgary. More details to follow.

To register for this and any other trips, download and complete the field trip permission form.

The registration deadline is June 1.

For more information, see our events page.

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Become a member of the Alberta Palaeontological Society and unlock a world of palaeontological discovery. Engage with fellow enthusiasts, support fossil education, and gain exclusive access to field trips and resources that enrich your understanding of prehistoric life. Join us today and embark on a journey through time together.

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