May 2016

Monthly Archive: May 2016

A New Dino Stamp Series

Posted: May 30, 2016 - 14:50 , by admin
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Acrotholus audeti – This small dinosaur possessed a skull bearing a 10-centimeter thick dome of solid bone over the eyes. The bipedal herbivore may have used the dome to butt heads with other members of its species. It inhabited the then coastal lowlands of Alberta about 85 million years ago.

Named in 2013 by David C. Evans (Royal Ontario Muserum) and Michael J. Ryan (Cleveland Museum of Natural History), the Acrotholus audeti is one of five dinosaurs featured in Canada Post's new "Dinos of Canada" stamp series.

Behind the Blitz: Eye to Eye with a Bat

Posted: May 25, 2016 - 22:50 , by Stacey Kerr
A young girl named Saskia peers closely at the bat being held in the hands of ROM mammalogist Burton Lim. The scene is illuminated by headlamp. Photo by Kendra Marjerrison

Blog by Environmental Visual Communication alumnus / Ontario BioBlitz Communications Assistant Fatima Ali

The second of four blogs in our Ontario BioBlitz: Behind the Blitz series introduces us to Saskia, a ten-year-old natural history enthusiast who was a participant in the Guided Blitz at the 2015 Don Watershed Ontario BioBlitz event. Watch a video about her experience as she follows ROM mammalogist Burton Lim into the woods with her group to capture and identify some bats!

Modern Mexico: Fusions, Fashion and Folk Art

Posted: May 20, 2016 - 09:13 , by admin
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Photo of a ceramic sculpture

By Ana Galindo

Since the opening of the ¡Viva México! exhibition at the ROM in May 2015, we have been generously treated to a myriad of events related to the show—visiting artists, talks and Friday Night Live events. Most recently, the museum hosted a magnificent symposium introducing attendees to the ideas and work of various academics and experts on the visual culture of Mexico.

Behind the Blitz: Three Young Scientists

Posted: May 19, 2016 - 20:25 , by Stacey Kerr
Wide view of the species depot at the 2015 Ontario BioBlitz, where scientists bring back specimens to examine and identify along tables with microscopes and field guides. Photo by Krystal Seedial

Blog by Nadine Leone, ROM Hands-on Biodiversity Gallery Assistant Coordinator 

The first of four blogs in our Ontario BioBlitz: Behind the Blitz series is an interview with three young ROM scientists, who share their favourite highlights from last year's event in the Don Watershed.

Tattoos: Borneo

Posted: May 13, 2016 - 09:20 , by Chris Darling
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Black and white photograph of an older man with tattoos on his neck and shoulders

Guest blog by Chris Darling, Senior Curator of Entomology.

Tattooed Heroes of Edo Period Japan

Posted: May 3, 2016 - 11:55 , by Diana Lu
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Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art is an exhibition in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) coming from Museé du quai Branly, Paris. It explores 5000 years of tattoo tradition around the world. The traditional and contemporary tattoos of Japan are featured prominently in their own section of the exhibition. This article introduces several tattoo images, some of which are not covered in the exhibition.

New to ROM: Frances Ferdinands

Posted: May 2, 2016 - 11:35 , by Deepali Dewan

For over a decade, the ROM has steadily acquired the work of contemporary Canadian artists who are part of the South Asian diaspora. Such collecting is important not only to provide points of context and contrast with ROM’s historical South Asian collections, but also to preserve the complexities and fullness of contemporary artistic production.