Google honours Canadian geologist – by Valentina Ruiz Leotaud ( – November 4, 2018)

Earlier this week, the Google honoured Canadian geologist Joseph Burr Tyrrell by dedicating its Doodle to him.

Tyrrell, who was born in Weston on Nov.1, 1858, is best known for having discovered the Albertosaurus sarcophagus in 1905 around the foothills between Calgary and Edmonton and the illustration represents just that. However, the Ontario man had a prolific career in mining, having discovered coal around Drumheller, the Kirkland Lake gold deposit in northern Ontario and paying special attention to the development of the district of Cobalt.

His interest in the mineral world started during his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, where he excelled at chemistry, biology, mineralogy, and geology. After graduating, he thought he would go into law but a threat of tuberculosis made him change his mind. He opted for the outdoor life of a geologist.

Working at the Geological Survey of Canada from 1880 on, Tyrrell made traverses through the Crows Nest, Kootenay, and Kicking Horse passes in the Rocky Mountains, as well as in Alberta.

By the end of the 19th century, he decided to explore the Pre-Cambrian shield area of northern and Arctic Canada, where he made a series of journeys by wagon and canoe.

For the rest of this article: