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Monthly Archive: December

Mexican Cartel lands are home to a newly described species: Goode’s Thornscrub Tortoise

Posted: February 10, 2016 - 12:00 , by Dave Ireland
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A new species of tortoise named Goode’s Thornscrub Tortoise, described today by Dr. Robert (Bob) Murphy and colleagues in the Journal ZooKeys. Photo taken in Reserva Monte Mojino, Sonora, Mexico, 24 August, 2013 Photo by Taylor Edwards

ROM curator of reptiles and amphibians, Dr. Bob Murphy and a team of international scientists use leading edge genetic techniques and dangerous fieldwork activities to describe a new species of tortoise in Mexico and shine light on the conservation status of other rare and threatened tortoises from the region

Clay sealings from Edfu, Egypt in the Greek & Roman collection

Posted: February 9, 2016 - 16:35 , by Kay Sunahara
Ptolemaic seal impressions in collection storage drawers

Over a century after they were acquired Ptolemaic artifacts at the Royal Ontario Museum, Greek & Roman collection, get new homes

Valentine's Day at the ROM: Unique Painting of Lovers

Posted: February 9, 2016 - 10:57 , by admin
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Miniature painting showing Radha and Krishna, (gouache on paper), Mughal period, India, 18th century

Guest blog by Sudharshan Duraiyappah, a scholar and instruction at the University of Toronto and the ROM

A cursory glance at the 17th century Kangra painting featuring Radha and her lover Krishna, who according to Hindu mythology is considered an incarnation of the god Vishnu, might elicit a double take. This miniature painting in the ROM’s collection portrays the fair – skinned Radha in her male lover’s attire and the dark- skinned Krishna wearing his female lover’s garments.

DIY Museum Valentine's Day cards

Posted: February 8, 2016 - 12:27 , by Ryan Dodge
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A photo of the Royal Ontario Museum made into a valentine's day card you colour yourself

February 14th is almost here, we've got you covered! 

Behind-the-scenes with OKCHF researchers and the ROM's Korean collection

Posted: February 2, 2016 - 12:08 , by Gwen Adams
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In the summer of 2015 the ROM’s Department of World Cultures hosted a team of Korean researchers from the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation (OKCHF). In August 2016 the OKCHF project team will be returning to the ROM for the second half of this two part assignment in order to finish photographing and researching the rest of the ROM’s Korean collection. 

Conversations with Theo

Posted: February 1, 2016 - 13:00 , by Ryan Dodge
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Theo stands next to a Triceratops skull in the Royal Ontario Museum's dinosaur gallery

Join ROM member Anne Thériault as she interivews her son about all things ROM!

#MuseumSelfie Day 2016

Posted: January 27, 2016 - 11:45 , by Ryan Dodge
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Painting or twin boys with a selfie stick

Check out the best selfies from #MuseumSelfie day 2016!

Photographer thoughts: A conversation with Mark Peck

Posted: January 26, 2016 - 17:38 , by Stacey Kerr
An adult blue jay rests on a branch in the winter season in Ontario. Photo by Mark Peck

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Fatima Ali

In spite of his “im-peck-able” career as an ornithology technician in the Department of Natural History at the ROM, Mark Peck is also a world traveller and an avid natural history photographer with a special interest in breeding and nesting birds. Fatima interviewed Mark to get his thoughts on what it is that drives his passion for photographing birds and other wildlife.

#EmptyROM 3!

Posted: January 19, 2016 - 14:26 , by Ryan Dodge
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Photo of Roman Portrait Busts on level 3 at the Royal Ontario Museum

Instagram whiz? Join us on Feb. 24th for oue next #EmptyROM tour!

Beneath the Surface: Photographing at the Edge of Imagination

Posted: January 6, 2016 - 17:54 , by Stacey Kerr
“Turtle Flight” is David Doubilet’s finalist photograph in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the ROM.

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Samantha Phillips

In search of guidance from the master of photographing moments himself, EVC student Samantha Phillips called David Doubilet and his partner Jennifer Hayes, renowned photographers whose work can often be found among the pages of National Geographic Magazine to ask them about their work. Their perspective is filled with insights and stories that Sammy was thrilled to share in this guest blog post.