Joseph Burr Tyrrell (Geologist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Joseph Tyrrell

Joseph Burr Tyrrell, FRSC was a Canadian geologist, cartographer and mining consultant. He discovered dinosaur bones in [[Alberta’s Badlands and coal around Drumheller in 1884. Canada’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta was named in his honour.

Born: Joseph Burr Tyrrell, Nov 1, 1858, Weston, Canada West, Province of Canada
Died: Aug 26, 1957, Toronto, Ontario
Fields: geology, cartography
Alma mater: Upper Canada College, University of Toronto
Known for: discovery of Albertosaurus in Alberta, c. 1884

About Joseph Burr Tyrrell

Geologist and cartographer who discovered the bones of the Albertosaurus dinosaur in Alberta’s Badlands in 1884 and managed the Kirkland Lake Gold mine in Ontario.

Before Fame

He grew up as the third child of Elizabeth and William Tyrrell.


In 1918, he received the Murchison Medal from the Geological Society of London.

Family Life

His younger brother, James Williams Tyrell, went with him to make the first European contact with the Ihalmiut, a tribe of the Inuit people.


Politician Nicholas Taylor was also a Canadian geologist.

Information related to Joseph Tyrrell

  • Canadian paleontologists
  • Geological Survey of Canada personnel
  • Canadian geologists
  • Upper Canada College alumni
  • Wollaston Medal winners
  • Persons of National Historic Significance (Canada)

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