Morden Launch of Larry Verstraete's 'Dinosaurs' of the Deep

Please join us at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba as we celebrate the launch of 'Dinosaurs' of the Deep: Discover Prehistoric Marine Life by Larry Verstraete featuring a panel discussion, amazing fossil displays, and of course, Bruce. Co-presented by the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC).

Driving across the North American Heartland, surrounded by prairie as far as the eye can see, it is almost impossible to imagine that once this was a huge inland sea. The Western Interior Seaway, which split the entire continent of North America in half, once teemed with predatory creatures - fanged fish and turtles the size of small cars; prowling sharks and giant squid; hungry plesiosaurs and immense crocodiles. At the top of this prehistoric food chain, stretching up to nearly 15 metres (50 feet) and weighing a hefty 50,000 kilograms (50 tonnes), ruled the mighty mosasaur, the T-Rex of the sea. Through a cooperative partnership with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC), home to ‘Bruce’, the world’s largest mosasaur skeleton, author Larry Verstraete and illustrator Julius Csotonyi combine fascinating facts, astonishing discoveries, and the latest paleontological information to bring the ancient marine creatures of the Seaway to vivid life.

Writer and educator Larry Verstraete is the award-winning author of 13 books of non-fiction, many of which focus on scientific or historical themes. An active promoter of literacy, Larry is a frequent visitor to schools and libraries where he shares his enthusiasm for science, history, and writing with students, teachers and parents. Verstraete lives and writes in Winnipeg.

A lifelong enthusiasm for fossils and geology brought Peter Cantelon to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in 2012. Since taking the helm at Manitoba's geologic gem, Peter has focused on working to grow the CFDC into a national and international centre for fossil exhibition, education and research. During his tenure the CFDC has seen unprecedented growth in terms of annual visitation, more than doubling since he started. The CFDC has won numerous awards local, provincial, and international including the 2015 award for Best Not-for-Profit at the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce MBiz Awards. When he is not working Peter enjoys spending time with his family and writing.

Panelist and field and collection manager of the CFDC, Victoria Markstrom has always been very interested in palaeontology, specifically cretaceous vertebrates. She has gained experience in fossil preparation through volunteering as a lab technician at the Manitoba Museum. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in geology at the University of Manitoba. Victoria is thrilled to be working at the CFDC with such an amazing team.

A Guinness World Record holder, Bruce secured his world record title in 2015. Canada Post has also selected Bruce to represent the species of mosasaur on its first set of five stamps in its Dinos of Canada series and he is the proud inspiration for Manitoba's newest provincial emblem, a fossil emblem, being based on Bruce the Mosasaur – the Tylosaurus pembinensis.

About the illustrator:
Julius T. Csotonyi is a freelance scientific illustrator. His reconstructions of prehistoric life have appeared as murals in museums, as figures in scientific publications describing novel species, as press release artwork to support scientific research, on both coins and stamps of Canada, and in the book “The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi” by S. White and J. Csotonyi.

And definitely check out this sneak peek inside the covers!


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Larry Verstraete,

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record-winning Tylosaurus who lives at the CFDC


Victoria Markstrom,
field and collection manager at the CFDC


Peter Cantelon,
Executive Director at the CFDC

Last modified onTuesday, 19 July 2016 12:40

Additional Info

Tuesday, July 28
7 p.m.
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
111 Gilmour Street, Morden, Manitoba R6M 1N9

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Winnipeg, MB   R3B 1H3
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Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.

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