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Monthly Archive: December Natu

Mineral of the month: serandite

Posted: January 17, 2012 - 08:47 , by Ian Nicklin
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specimen image a twinned serandite crystal

World's largest twinned serandite crystal.

Russian Space Probe will Crash to Earth this Week!

Posted: January 12, 2012 - 13:14 , by Ian Nicklin
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Contributed by Brendt C. Hyde and Ian Nicklin.

A Rare and Beautiful Bird

Posted: January 5, 2012 - 11:55 , by admin

 

A closer look at a living barn owl perched.

Their distinctive heart-shaped face actually helps improve their hearing. With lop-sided ears, they can easily pinpoint prey with sound alone. Photo by Steve Brace

Next Stop Mars! New NASA Rover Launched

Posted: December 30, 2011 - 09:30 , by admin
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By Brendt Hyde, Mineralogy Technician

A view of the shuttle launch!

Curiosity starts its journey towards Mars! (Image Credit NASA/Scott Andrews/Canon)

Winter Visitors in Hands-on Biodiversity

Posted: December 28, 2011 - 12:38 , by Sarah Elliott

It’s that time of year!  ROM for the Holidays is finally here, and we’ve been hard at work in the Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity (HOB for short) getting some new hands-on activities ready to go.

First up is the brand-new, never-before-seen touch table that we put together in honour of our lost baby bison.

Green with Envy

Posted: December 21, 2011 - 11:47 , by Katherine Dunnell
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Every day at the museum is a good day, but when a new object-specimen gets added to the collection, it is a great day.  It was a particularly stellar day in Earth Sciences when we were able to acquire this lovely princess cut, 23.24 carat peridot from Myanmar (Burma).

Green Periot Gem

Meteorite or “Meteor-wrong”?

Posted: December 16, 2011 - 13:00 , by Ian Nicklin
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ROM Earth Scientists receive dozens of requests each year to identify possible meteorites. This is especially the case when there is a spectacular fireball similar to the one which recently streaked across southern Ontario on December 12 of this year (the video was captured by astronomers at the University of Western Ontario). Do you think you have found a space rock?

Live Blogging from the Burgess Shale Virtual Museum of Canada Launch!

Posted: December 1, 2011 - 08:53 , by admin

Join us Thursday, December 1 from 11 am to noon EST as we live blog from the ROM during the launch event for the Burgess Shale Virtual Museum of Canada. This online exhibition is the most current and comprehensive resource for knowledge on one of the world’s most important fossil sites.

Overgrown Bone — A ROM Paleontologist identifies the fish with the swollen head

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 10:22 , by Kevin Seymour
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Originally published in the Summer 2010 edition of ROM Magazine.

Silver Fish

Bluecheek Silver grunt

 

Q. I found this object on a beach in Oman. I think it might be part of a fish skull. If it is, can you tell me what kind of fish it is from?
Mike Silver, Toronto

Want the answer to life, the universe and everything?

Posted: November 28, 2011 - 12:49 , by admin
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Well, at least, some serious insight into life on Earth…

Where do we come from? What was the world like long before the dinosaurs?