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ROM Volunteer Profile: Patricia Harris

Posted: April 25, 2013 - 15:20 , by David McKay
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Patricia Harris is a true testament to the profound impact of volunteerism...

ROM Biodiversity tour!

Posted: April 10, 2013 - 12:31 , by Ryan Dodge
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A collection of tweets from the ROM Biodiversity tour this morning.

A bird in the hand... by Mark Peck, Ornithology Technician, ROM Biodiversity

Posted: March 22, 2013 - 15:43 , by Dave Ireland
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A bird in the hand... by Mark Peck

Every year, thousands of migrating birds encounter urban environments on their way to breeding or feeding grounds.  Birds mistake the reflection in buildings for habitat during the day, and are attracted to light at night - both situations cause an estimated 1 million bird deaths per year in Toronto alone.  

Bring on the Welcoming Committee: Doni the Komodo Dragon is Here

Posted: March 20, 2013 - 16:24 , by Nicole Richards
A close-up of the Komodo Dragon in the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

It's taken over a year to get this specimen ready, but the newest addition for the Schad Gallery was worth the wait.

Komodo Dragon Preparation, Step 3: Cleaning and Articulating the Bones

Posted: March 19, 2013 - 16:32 , by Nicole Richards
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A volunteer cleans the remaining tissue from the Komodo Dragon skull

The final stages of preparing Doni, the Komodo Dragon for display

LEGO Maya Pyramid building for ROM March Break

Posted: March 6, 2013 - 13:44 , by April Hawkins
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Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of one of the America’s great archaeological treasures - the ruins of Altun Ha.

How to display the past….. Part 2: Collecting

Posted: February 28, 2013 - 15:51 , by Kate Cooper

This instalment of my behind-the-scenes tour of what shapes a museum display began as an example of how museum collections are formed, but it may develop into a detective story as you’ll see…..

In Search of ROMance: Looking for love in all the right places

Posted: February 13, 2013 - 14:36 , by Janet Carding
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A colourful earthenware bowl with figures of putti dancing around outter rim.

The ROM may be the most romantic place in the city this Valentine’s Day. We scan the collection for signs of Cupid…  and find they are everywhere.

Komodo Dragon Preparation, Step Two: To the Bug Cave! I mean, Bug ROOM

Posted: December 12, 2012 - 15:31 , by Nicole Richards
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A close-up of the Komodo Dragon head before preparation of the speciman began

Viewer discretion advised. Images depict a Komodo Dragon being dissected as it is prepared for the ROM's collections. Some images may be shocking.

Virtual Collaboration: The whole story of ancient Roman amethyst gem

Posted: November 9, 2012 - 16:16 , by Paul Denis
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On August 30, 2012 I posted a blog on the rediscovery of a very striking and important ancient Roman amethyst gem engraved with the image of Victory writing on a shield, dating to about 50 BC to AD 25. I also mentioned that the gem was in the collection of Sir Francis Cook by 1903. The posting paid off! Last week I received an email from Dr. Erika Zwierlein-Diehl, a professor at the University of Bonn, Germany, telling me that she had seen my blog and immediately recognized our gem. Dr.