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Dan Aykroyd and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society


The Royal Canadian Geographical Society held their 2012 Fellows Dinner in Ottawa at the Museum of Civilization. Dan Aykroyd and his wife Donna Dixon-Aykroyd were inducted into the College of Fellows.



Dan Aykroyd and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

  1. Too much trouble to actually post information about why Aykroyd was honoured, I guess.

  2. Philip Currie is a proponent of the bird-dinosaur link and “feathered dinosaurs”.
    Take for example a paper published in Science (Oct. 26/12) regarding the
    first North American “feathered dinosaur” (Ornithomimus). Fibrous
    impressions in Alberta sandstone were interpreted as feathers on the
    forewings. Yet the rock impressions of the “feathers” consist mostly of
    straight lines that look nothing like flight feathers.

    The fact that the specimens were found in Upper Cretaceous means true
    birds were already flying around when Ornithomimus lived, and the adult
    specimen exhibits the “dinosaur death pose” indicating suffocation in

    The logo for the Currie Museum shows a Troodon formosus– a small
    carnivorous dinosaur similar to a Velociraptor–in a “death pose”.


    In 2011 New Scientist reported that Alicia Cutler and colleagues from
    Brigham Young University “placed plucked chickens–both fresh and
    frozen–on a bed of sand for three months to see if desiccation would lead
    to muscle contractions that pulled the neck upwards–a previously
    suggested explanation for the death pose. The chickens decayed without
    contorting. When seven other chickens were placed into cool, fresh water,
    however, their necks arched and their heads were thrown back within
    seconds. Sustained immersion of the birds for up to a month slightly
    increased the severity of the pose, but the major movement of the head
    occurred almost immediately.”

    This is additional evidence that dinosaurs were buried in a flood–a big one.

    Currie should be asked: “In the museum that will bear your name, will it
    include any dinosaur dioramas depicting a parrot sitting on the back of a
    T. rex, or a boa constrictor curled at its feet? If not, why not?”

    Carl Werner interviewed Currie for his first of two documentaries,
    “Evolution: The Grand Experiment (2009) http://thegrandexperiment.com

    In his 2011 documentary, Living Fossils, Werner documents how fossils of
    modern animals such as parrots, owls, ducks, opossums, hedgehogs, boa
    constrictors, penguins, loons, flamingoes, salamanders, lizards, crayfish,
    lobster, and mayflies are found in the same rock layers that dinosaur
    fossils are found in. Fossils of modern trees have also been found in
    dinosaur rock layers, including: sequoias, redwoods, sassafras, walnut and

    British paleontologist Richard Fortey said in an April 29/12 radio
    interview: “So yeah, I mean, give me the money to make a brand new diorama
    and I’d put these animals in with pleasure.”

    For more info, read Gareth Dyke’s article “Winged Victory” (Scientific
    American, July 2010), which includes the subtitle: “Modern birds, long
    thought to have arisen only after the dinosaurs perished, turn out to have
    lived alongside them”.