World Renown Fossil Hunter Coming to Manitoba

World Renown Fossil Hunter Coming to Manitoba

Scientist who Discovered Soft Tissue in T-Rex Fossil to receive Award

Jan. 26, 2018, Morden, MB.// The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is thrilled to announce palaeontologist Dr. Mary Higby Schweitzer will be the keynote speaker at its third annual Dig Deep gala April 28th in Morden, where she will be the first-ever recipient of the Dr. Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Nicholls Award for Excellence in Palaeontology.

Dr. Schweitzer shook the palaeontology world in 2007 with the announcement of her discovery of soft tissue inside of a 68 million year old T-Rex fossil. Since then Dr. Schweitzer’s ground-breaking research has changed the way scientists think about soft tissue preservation and fossilization.

“We are incredibly excited to have a palaeontologist of the stature of Dr. Schweitzer come to Manitoba,” said Peter Cantelon, executive director of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. “Her discovery and research is arguably the most significant in modern palaeontology and this is a rare opportunity for people to meet her and hear her speak about that incredible find.”

“I am deeply honored to accept the Betsy Nicholls award for palaeontology,” said Schweitzer, professor of Molecular Paleontology at North Carolina State University. “Although I did not know Betsy personally, her reputation certainly preceded her.  At a time when women were few and far between in palaeontology, Betsy stood out for her contributions, more than holding her own in a male dominated field.  Betsy was known for her ‘insatiable curiosity’, and that IS something we share. It is my honor indeed to be named a recipient of this award–she left some pretty big footprints to walk in.”

The gala event featuring Dr. Schweitzer’s presentation is open to the public. Tickets are $75 (a $50 charitable donation receipt will be provided) and are available by contacting the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre at 204-822-3406 or by emailing

This year’s gala host is none other than Travel Manitoba president and CEO Colin Ferguson who will oversee a fantastic evening featuring Dr. Schweitzer’s presentation, live entertainment, dinner, awards, and a rainbow auction with amazing prizes. Proceeds raised from the event go towards the CFDC’s fund with the Morden Area Foundation. The Betsy Nicholl’s award is sponsored by Access Credit Union.

Reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by main program. For more information visit

PHOTO: Dr. Mary Higby Schweitzer with T-Rex skull

FOR INTERVIEWS: Contact Dr. Mary Higby Schweitzer at 1-919-515-7838 and/or Peter Cantelon at 1-204-822-3406.

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