Natural History

Monthly Archive: December Natu

Many Eyes Make Light Work: ROM Field Botany

Posted: August 22, 2012 - 16:35 , by Tim Dickinson
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Submitted by David Baxter

As student staff in the ROM Botany Section, my summer work has mostly involved sitting in a basement office updating the plant specimen database, and occasionally working with the herbarium specimens themselves. This last week, however, I’ve been in Montana and Washington searching for Crataegus (hawthorn) trees. Quite a change of pace!

Meet the Ultimate Dino Team: Matthew Vavrek

Posted: August 20, 2012 - 09:43 , by admin

Matthew Vavrek in his tent during a research expedition.

Bringing an exhibition to life takes a whole team – especially an exhibition the size and scale of Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants of Gondwana. To help get this ultimate exhibition up and running the ROM brought it contract curator Matthew Vavrek.

Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project 2012

Posted: August 14, 2012 - 08:32 , by David Evans

Tents in a grassy field with a rainbow across a grey sky.

Fig. 1. Camp after a rainstorm.

Project Guyana – Expedition Underway

Posted: July 20, 2012 - 15:59 , by admin

By Brennan Caverhill, Biodiversity Intern

Hello! Joshua See here, Environmental Visual Communication student at the ROM. I am writing from the wild heart of Guyana, where I am documenting the research and education efforts of Burton Lim, Assistant Curator of Mammals.

Life in Toronto – Rouge Bioblitz 2012

Posted: June 25, 2012 - 14:53 , by admin

submitted by the ROM Bioblitz Team

Rouge Park Bioblitz

Posted: June 12, 2012 - 13:57 , by Dave Ireland

Submitted by Brennan Caverhill, Biodiversity Intern

Rouge BioBlitz, June 15 - 16, 2012

A rare ‘dragon’ found….

Posted: June 11, 2012 - 15:52 , by Antonia Guidotti

Sometimes, there are really extraordinary stories that are uncovered in our day to day studies; this particular one was submitted by Dr. Henry Frania, an Entomology research associate at the ROM.

Meteorite of the Month: Oriented Nose Cone

Posted: June 5, 2012 - 08:55 , by Ian Nicklin
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By Brendt C. Hyde and Ian Nicklin

A specimen featuring a textured and glassy rock surface.

Figure 1: Meteorite showing ‘thumbprint’ features referred to as regmaglypts.

SSSSsss… c-CAW! RrAWR! Animal Weekend is Here!

Posted: May 17, 2012 - 23:34 , by Kiron Mukherjee

I used to walk through the halls of my high school (yes, high school – I don’t know what was wrong with me either) making animal noises. Not the normal ones like “moo” and “oink”, but the more obscure ones (I guess it’s the hipster in me). For instance, my impression of the Komodo dragon had a sort of snake and bark sound, and the giraffe, since I had no idea what sound they make (do you?) was just, “giraffe, giraffe!”. I pretty much made the sounds up as I went along.