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From the Field: Arrival in Churchill, Manitoba

Posted: August 10, 2011 - 11:32 , by David Rudkin

July 18, 2011 – Welcome to Churchill!

We arrive from Winnipeg by twin turboprop early this evening, after the usual minor delays and frustrations,… pick up our 4×4 vehicle, get settled in at the wonderful new Churchill Northern Studies Centre facility and spend a few hours showing two novice crew members some of the nearby tundra features, including a splendid extended sunset (officially at 10:07 PM, but with a beautifully long prelude).

Summerasaurs Interactive: Ask a Palaeontologist

Posted: August 8, 2011 - 15:46 , by admin
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Dr. David Evans

Dr. David Evans on-site in southern Alberta

Summerasaurus Part III: The Jacketing Process

Posted: August 3, 2011 - 16:31 , by admin

Mark Farmer recently returned from an expedition to the badlands of southern Alberta with Dr. David Evans, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the ROM, in search of dinosaurs. Join us over the course of the next month as Mark and Dr. Evans put up their notes from the field, detailing discoveries, how dinosaurs are found and excavated, life in the field and more.

Look Up! Annual August Meteor Showers Begin

Posted: July 29, 2011 - 09:26 , by Ian Nicklin

First Glimpse of 2011 Perseid Meteor Shower. (NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environment Office)

A look to the skies tonight will be a larger treat than in past years as the Perseid meteor showers begin their yearly August show in the night skies. Unfortunately this year the peak of the show will be on August 12, when a full moon is scheduled, so viewing will be hampered.

Summerasaurus Part II: A Day in the Quarry

Posted: July 27, 2011 - 11:00 , by admin

Mark Farmer recently returned from an expedition to the badlands of southern Alberta with Dr. David Evans, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the ROM, in search of dinosaurs. Join us over the course of the next month as Mark and Dr. Evans put up their notes from the field, detailing discoveries, how dinosaurs are found and excavated, life in the field and more.

I found what looks like a tiny “caterpillar” in my home. What is it?

Posted: July 25, 2011 - 09:40 , by Antonia Guidotti
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This is my second posting that takes a closer look at some of the critters that share our spaces. Here I examine one of our most common household guests, the carpet beetle. The larvae look like tiny, furry, ‘caterpillars’.

Larva of a carpet beetle, family Dermestidae, also known as skin or hide beetles. Drawing: copyright ROM.

From the Field: Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project 2011 – Prospecting for new dinos!

Posted: July 22, 2011 - 09:43 , by David Evans

July 10-12: More Surprises from the South Side

Changing of the guard – Schad Gallery welcomes North America’s largest land animal

Posted: July 21, 2011 - 09:32 , by Dave Ireland

Moving the bison

Moving the North American Plains Bison (Bison bison bison) from into the gallery.

Summerasaurus Part I: Digging for Dinos

Posted: July 19, 2011 - 09:45 , by admin

Mark Farmer recently returned from an expedition to the far end of southern Alberta with Dr. David Evans, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the ROM, in search of dinosaurs! Join us over the course of the next month as Mark and Dr. Evans put up their notes from the field, detailing discoveries, how dinosaurs are found and excavated, life in the field and more.

Dawn Probe to Rendezvous with Asteroid Vesta!

Posted: July 15, 2011 - 11:29 , by admin

By Brendt Hyde, Mineralogy Technician

Our solar system is a very busy place! Aside from the 9 (no, make that 8!) major planets and their moons, there are 5 dwarf planets, 3 massive asteroid belts containing tens of thousands of smaller irregular bodies, and an untold number of comets.