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Alberta is one of the few places in the world where the past touches the present so directly and profoundly. From Devonian pools plumbed by today's oil and gas industry, to Jurassic seams mined for coal, to a tourist's view of Cenozoic grasslands bordering the majestic Rockies, the livelihood and recreation of most residents are touched directly by the ancient past. Alberta's geological history stretches from the ancient Precambrian Era, 500 million years ago, to the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, a mere 10,000 years ago. For more than a century, palaeontologists and geologists have been uncovering the remains of ancient creatures across this fossil-rich province, from the arid badlands to the rocky Mountains. Recent abundant evidence from Alberta's landscape has contributed greatly to what we know about Earth's evolution. Drawing on this rich storehouse of evidence, scientists at the world-renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, working with veteran natural history writer Monique Keiran, offer a dramatic and vividly detailed chronicle of the region's geological history. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, located in the heart of Alberta's badlands, is Canada's only museum devoted exclusively to the collection, research and display of palaeontology, with special emphasis on Alberta's fossil heritage. This world-renowned facility attracts almost 400,000 visitors annually and has one of the largest dinosaur exhibits in the world.