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Snapshots of Biodiversity: A Photo Essay on the 2014 Ontario BioBlitz

Posted: May 26, 2014 - 15:41 , by Aaron Phillips
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A scientist and a youth look closely at a specimen on a table next to a microscope.

The 2014 Ontario BioBlitz brought 500+ registrants together this past weekend to find and catalogue biodiversity in the Humber River watershed, and students from the Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) Program were there to capture the event from every angle.

Study explores evolution of flightless birds

Posted: May 16, 2014 - 11:58 , by admin
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Tinamous
Allan Baker and colleagues from Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research used genetic techniques to show that tinamous, small flying birds from Central and South America, evolved within the ratites group.

DNA confirms relationship between the giant flightless moa and the tinamous

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 12:46 , by Allan Baker
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One of the longest running debates in ornithology may finally  have an answer thanks to new ROM research published in science journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Kissing the Cod!

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 09:37 , by Aaron Phillips
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A close up shot of the blue whales baleen.

Environmental communicator Jacqueline Waters shares more of her experience on the ground with the ROM team working to recover a blue whale carcass in NL.

My first day in Trout River, Newfoundland: ROM biologists arrive, town is curious

Posted: May 7, 2014 - 09:04 , by Jacqueline Waters
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A blue whale carcass lies upside down in the water near a rocky shoreline.

Jacqueline Waters shares her impressions from Day 1 of the ROM's efforts to recover a Blue whale specimen near Trout River, NL.

BREAKING: Royal Ontario Museum to recover two rare Northwest Atlantic blue whales

Posted: May 1, 2014 - 16:36 , by Burton Lim
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The blue whale skeleton hangs in the atrium at the Beaty Museum.

The ROM Biodiversity will send a crew to salvage two blue whales that washed ashore on the coast of Newfoundland last week. 

Dr. Burton Lim's Yellow Shouldered Bat

Posted: April 17, 2014 - 09:02 , by Dave Ireland
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A new species of Bat was recently named after our very own Dr. Burton Lim!

ROM Fieldtrip: Red Knot migration at San Antonio Oeste, Argentina

Posted: April 15, 2014 - 12:12 , by Allan Baker
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The landscape in Argentina

A team bands Red Knots to assess their physical condition and survival rate as the birds begin their annual migration.

The ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess: The Minoan Relations

Posted: April 8, 2014 - 11:12 , by Kate Cooper
Detail of the head of the ROM 'Minoan' Goddess

After looking at the best known of the dubious ‘Minoan’ figurines (which may be modern) in my last post, here I show some of the genuine Minoan objects discovered in archaeological excavations on Crete.

The ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess: the Suspect Sisters (and brothers)

Posted: April 7, 2014 - 12:59 , by Kate Cooper
Detail of the head of the ROM 'Minoan' Goddess

The ROM Goddess is just one of the ‘Minoan’ figurines in several museums sometimes thought to be fake.  These two installments of the ROM Minoan Goddess project introduce you to some of the suspected (although not definitively proven) fake figurines, and the genuine Minoan objects that may have inspired them.