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Monthly Archive: December

Behind the Blitz: Three Young Scientists

Posted: May 19, 2016 - 20:25 , by Stacey Kerr
Wide view of the species depot at the 2015 Ontario BioBlitz, where scientists bring back specimens to examine and identify along tables with microscopes and field guides. Photo by Krystal Seedial

Blog by Nadine Leone, ROM Hands-on Biodiversity Gallery Assistant Coordinator 

The first of four blogs in our Ontario BioBlitz: Behind the Blitz series is an interview with three young ROM scientists, who share their favourite highlights from last year's event in the Don Watershed.

Tattoos: Borneo

Posted: May 13, 2016 - 09:20 , by Chris Darling
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Black and white photograph of an older man with tattoos on his neck and shoulders

Guest blog by Chris Darling, Senior Curator of Entomology.

Tattooed Heroes of Edo Period Japan

Posted: May 3, 2016 - 11:55 , by Diana Lu
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Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art is an exhibition in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) coming from Museé du quai Branly, Paris. It explores 5000 years of tattoo tradition around the world. The traditional and contemporary tattoos of Japan are featured prominently in their own section of the exhibition. This article introduces several tattoo images, some of which are not covered in the exhibition.

New to ROM: Frances Ferdinands

Posted: May 2, 2016 - 11:35 , by Deepali Dewan

For over a decade, the ROM has steadily acquired the work of contemporary Canadian artists who are part of the South Asian diaspora. Such collecting is important not only to provide points of context and contrast with ROM’s historical South Asian collections, but also to preserve the complexities and fullness of contemporary artistic production.

Winners of the Henry's Capture the Wilderness Contest

Posted: April 27, 2016 - 09:36 , by Alyssa McLeod
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Photo of a dinosaur fossil in the museum

In conjunction with the ROM's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, Henry's exclusively invited ROM members to enter the Capture the Wilderness Contest which ran from February 1 - March 20, 2016. ROM Members were asked to tweet their latest and greatest tips for capturing the wilderness for a chance to win one of five SONY ALPHA A6000 Cameras equipped with a 16-50mm lens! We are excited to announce the final 5 Contest Winners.

NEW RESEARCH: Seed Eating May Have Helped Beaked Birds Survive

Posted: April 20, 2016 - 14:27 , by Amanda Fruci
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Cretaceous Bird-Like Dinosaurs

Living birds may have their ancestors' beaks to thank for surviving the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.  New research indicates the closest relatives of modern birds, the small feathered raptor dinosaurs and primitive toothed birds, went extinct abruptly at the end of the Cretaceous Period, and that beaked birds may have benefitted because of their ability to eat seeds. This study is the newest to shed light on how some animals may have survived the massive meteor impact and subsequent ecological turmoil that ended the reign of the dinosaurs.

A little piece of the puzzle – Citizen Science works!

Posted: April 16, 2016 - 11:17 , by Nicole Richards
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ROM Ornithologist, Mark Peck describes one of the ways he contributes to Citizen Science

Family Camera: Mystery Missionary

Posted: April 14, 2016 - 16:38 , by Deepali Dewan
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by Aliya Mazari, M.A. student, Photography Preservation and Collections Management, Ryerson University

National Volunteer Week 2016 | Volunteer Spotlight: Joe Moysiuk

Posted: April 11, 2016 - 17:05 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
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Man with goggles and a white helmet stands on a rocky mountaintop holding two pieces of fossilized rock. Bare trees and rocks are behind him, and a co-worker drills into a rock a few feet behind, and in the background is a range of sloping green mountains.

By: Peter Fenton

Joe Moysiuk is a volunteer in the ROM Invertebrate Palaeobiology team