Natural History

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Biodiversity Series wins award!

Posted: March 29, 2012 - 10:57 , by Antonia Guidotti

Last week, the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects recognized the City of Toronto Biodiversity Series of booklets with their Service to the Environment award. The award is “In recognition of the recipient’s ongoing contribution in supporting sensitive, sustainable stewardship of the environment.”

Science, Art and Technology: An Interview with Deborah Samuel

Posted: March 28, 2012 - 16:19 , by Laura Comerford

An x-ray of the lower body of a lizard.

Lizard.I © Deborah Samuel 2012/Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Does a mild winter mean more insects?

Posted: March 26, 2012 - 15:27 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Given our warmer-than-average winter this year, ROM entomologists have fielded numerous enquiries about whether mild winter temperatures will result in more bugs this spring and summer. Unfortunately, there is no simple “yes” or “no” answer to this question  — the best response is “It depends”.

Age Before Beauty: The Acasta Gneiss and Jack Hills Conglomerate

Posted: March 22, 2012 - 13:11 , by admin
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Submitted by Vincent Vertolli, Assistant Curator Geology

A deeply textured and rust colour sample of the Jack Hills Conglomerate.

Dr. A. P. Coleman (1852-1939)

Posted: March 19, 2012 - 11:25 , by admin
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Submitted by Vincent Vertolli, Assistant Curator Geology

Geological Map of Toronto.

Jade-Foolery: How to Recognize Minerals Disguised as Jade

Posted: March 16, 2012 - 11:57 , by Katherine Dunnell

A girl looks at a mineral through a magnifying glass.

March Break visitors inspect the minerals before deciding if they are jade.

Bobdownsite; an honour to honour

Posted: March 12, 2012 - 16:41 , by Kim Tait
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A close up of the mineral on a black background.

Bobdownsite.

Tales from the Synchrotron

Posted: March 6, 2012 - 09:41 , by Kim Tait
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I’m currently at the Argonne National Laboratory just outside of Chicago, Illinois at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). This is a research facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that over 3,500 scientists from all over the world comes to use the instruments here for their research each year.

The Making of Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana

Posted: March 2, 2012 - 09:26 , by admin

Contributed by Peter May, President, Research Casting International Ltd.

We held a press preview day at our shop last week to launch the ROM’s major summer exhibition – Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana. Of the 17 dinosaur skeletons to be exhibited, ten are pretty well finished; just final paint to be applied.