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The ROM changed my life - it's in my DNA.

Posted: January 28, 2013 - 20:45 , by Dave Ireland
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Oliver and Christine in the lab, checking out the DNA of some flightless bird, maybe a Moa.

My name is Christine Black, and I'm a grade 12 student at St. Clement's high school in Toronto.  Thanks to Oliver and Kristen, I now love DNA.

ROM Research Colloquium: Santiago Sanchez-Ramirez

Posted: January 28, 2013 - 16:33 , by Ryan Dodge
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Santiago Sanchez-Ramirez in the field

The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.

ROM Research Colloquium: Justin Jennings

Posted: January 23, 2013 - 10:31 , by Ryan Dodge
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Figure 1. The site of La Real as it looked in 1995 when archaeologists first arrived — the circus was in town (photo courtesy of Marko Lopez)

The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.

ROM Research Colloquium: Kim Tait

Posted: January 23, 2013 - 10:27 , by Ryan Dodge
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Kim during her recent trip to northern Yukon

The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.

ROM Research Colloquium: Ryan Dodge

Posted: January 23, 2013 - 10:19 , by Ryan Dodge
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Ryan hard at work!

The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.

ROM Research Colloquium: David Rudkin

Posted: January 23, 2013 - 09:45 , by Ryan Dodge
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Pages from a puzzle-solver’s notebook – piecing eurypterids back together … on paper.

The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.

ROM Research Colloquium: Arthur Smith

Posted: January 23, 2013 - 09:27 , by Ryan Dodge
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George Barbier print

The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.

My journey with Sir David Attenborough

Posted: January 21, 2013 - 10:00 , by Jean-Bernard Caron
Sir David Attenborough with Jean-Bernard Caron at the Walcott Quarry (Burgess Shale)

Sir David Attenborough has been filming Nature all his life. In 2009, at the age of 83, he traveled the world again to discover how Life began and diversified into the myriad of organisms that form the basis of today's biodiversity. The result of this journey is the beautiful documentary, "First Life," that won three Emmy Awards in 2011. The new ROM Gallery of Early Life anticipated to open by the end of 2014 will feature some of the key fossils shown in the documentary, many of those will come from our own ROM collections! 

The origin of animals represents a turning point in Life history. About half a billion years ago all the major animal groups that are still around us today appear in the fossil record. One of the best sites in the world to study this key interval in Life history is the 505 million year old Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park, British Columbia. As an expert of the Burgess Shale biota, I was invited to accompany Sir David Attenborough to the field. Here are few snapshots from the Burgess Shale I took during this specific trip.

ROM Research Colloquium: Dr. Peter Kaellgren

Posted: January 21, 2013 - 09:06 , by Ryan Dodge
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Dr. Peter Kaellgren on a recent trip to the Louvre

The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.

Sharypic photo wall at Friday Night Live

Posted: January 8, 2013 - 15:20 , by Ryan Dodge
Sharypic photo wall in action at #FNLROM

During Season 2 of Friday Night Live (October 12, 2012 - November 30, 2012), this past fall we deployed a real time photo wall where visitors could tweet photos with the #FNLROM hashtag and they would be displayed almost instantly.