Natural History

Monthly Archive: December Natu

Southern Alberta field collection 2011 has arrived!

Posted: November 18, 2011 - 12:00 , by David Evans

Fossils wrapped in plaster with labels written on the outside

Marked field jackets containing horned dinosaur bones from the McPheeter’s bonebed (MBB) and the South Side Ceratopsian (SSC).

NASA’s Continued Curiosity for Life on Mars

Posted: November 15, 2011 - 09:46 , by admin
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By Brent Hyde, Minerology Technician

Did life ever exist on the red planet? This is a question NASA has been trying to answer for more than 40 years. In the next couple of years, NASA hopes to get some answers.

On the Rocks Again — in which a pair of intrepid palaeontologists head for the hinterland.

Posted: November 7, 2011 - 11:59 , by David Rudkin

Ah, the romance of fieldwork. There’s nothing quite like waiting for the morning sun to rise high enough to illuminate a cold, wet outcrop, so that one can spend the next 8 or 9 hours kneeling in mud and splitting razor-sharp rock slabs. But we have hot coffee in the thermos, dry gloves in the pack, and — hopefully — there are some new fossils to be found!

Bugs are moving in (not bed bugs this time)

Posted: November 3, 2011 - 08:54 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Question: It’s fall, why are all these bugs coming into my home? I’ve never seen them before!

Leptoglossus occidentalis

Western conifer seed bug; copyright ROM images

Is Burton Pipistrelle a Budding Superhero?

Posted: October 26, 2011 - 16:04 , by admin

Cover image of "Burton and Isabelle Pipistrelle out of the bat cave"

Burton & Isabelle Pipistrelle out of the bat cave, by Denise Dias, Illustrated by Tara Winterhalt

The Butterflies of Toronto

Posted: October 5, 2011 - 13:38 , by admin
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To educate and foster appreciation for these much-loved colourful insects, the City of Toronto, in partnership with the ROM and Livegreen Toronto, has published a new book, Butterflies of Toronto: A Guide to their Remarkable World. With hundreds of full-colour photographs, this new publication shares the local history of butterflies and details on where they live in Toronto. It is part of a Biodiversity Series being produced by the City to commemorate the Year of Biodiversity 2010.

How Do I Identify a Space Rock?

Posted: October 3, 2011 - 12:06 , by Ian Nicklin
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Originally published in ROM Magazine, Fall 2010.

I found a blackened rock that I think might be a meteorite. How can I tell for sure?

Update from Dawn’s Exploration of Vesta

Posted: September 29, 2011 - 08:20 , by Ian Nicklin

Yellowjackets (a.k.a. Late Summer Picnic Pests)

Posted: September 28, 2011 - 10:24 , by Antonia Guidotti
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We love picnicking outside in the summer but in August and September our meals are inevitably cut short because of wasps. What are they and what can we do about them?

Space junk: what goes up …

Posted: September 26, 2011 - 11:35 , by Ian Nicklin
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The ability to place man-made devices – satellites – in orbit around our planet has revolutionized the ways in which we communicate and allowed us to study our planet, our solar system and our universe in ways not otherwise possible. In fact, satillites are so useful that there is a growing lack of space in outer space. Our planet is surrounded by literally tens of millions of pieces of man-made material ranging from dust and flecks of paint, to multi-tonne satellites and spent rocket components.