Natural History

Monthly Archive: December Natu

Project Guyana – Expedition Underway

Posted: July 20, 2012 - 15:59 , by admin

By Brennan Caverhill, Biodiversity Intern

Hello! Joshua See here, Environmental Visual Communication student at the ROM. I am writing from the wild heart of Guyana, where I am documenting the research and education efforts of Burton Lim, Assistant Curator of Mammals.

Life in Toronto – Rouge Bioblitz 2012

Posted: June 25, 2012 - 14:53 , by admin

submitted by the ROM Bioblitz Team

Rouge Park Bioblitz

Posted: June 12, 2012 - 13:57 , by Dave Ireland

Submitted by Brennan Caverhill, Biodiversity Intern

Rouge BioBlitz, June 15 - 16, 2012

A rare ‘dragon’ found….

Posted: June 11, 2012 - 15:52 , by Antonia Guidotti

Sometimes, there are really extraordinary stories that are uncovered in our day to day studies; this particular one was submitted by Dr. Henry Frania, an Entomology research associate at the ROM.

Meteorite of the Month: Oriented Nose Cone

Posted: June 5, 2012 - 08:55 , by Ian Nicklin
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By Brendt C. Hyde and Ian Nicklin

A specimen featuring a textured and glassy rock surface.

Figure 1: Meteorite showing ‘thumbprint’ features referred to as regmaglypts.

SSSSsss… c-CAW! RrAWR! Animal Weekend is Here!

Posted: May 17, 2012 - 23:34 , by Kiron Mukherjee

I used to walk through the halls of my high school (yes, high school – I don’t know what was wrong with me either) making animal noises. Not the normal ones like “moo” and “oink”, but the more obscure ones (I guess it’s the hipster in me). For instance, my impression of the Komodo dragon had a sort of snake and bark sound, and the giraffe, since I had no idea what sound they make (do you?) was just, “giraffe, giraffe!”. I pretty much made the sounds up as I went along.

Ultimate Dinosaurs Sneak Peek: Giants From Gondwana

Posted: May 7, 2012 - 10:29 , by admin

By Ian Morrison, Technician, Vertebrate Palaeontology

A Moon Walk at the ROM

Posted: May 4, 2012 - 15:57 , by admin

It’s an elite group of people that have walked on the moon, but this weekend you will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the experience with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (or at least the image of them – Neil is reflected in Buzz’s space helmet).  Space Weekend, May 5 – 6 only, is shaping up to be out of this world!

More Butterfly Migrants arrive

Posted: May 4, 2012 - 14:21 , by Antonia Guidotti
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A second impressive ‘wave’ of butterfly migration has been taking place the last few days. More Red Admirals have been joined by some other migratory butterflies: Painted Lady (saw one in the schoolyard yesterday), American Lady, Common Buckeye, Question Mark, Mourning Cloak, Cloudless Sulphur, Gray Hairstreak, Variegated Fritillary, Little Yellow, American Snout, Dainty Sulphur, etc. The list is a long one. The occasional Monarch has already been recorded as well!

A Super Event and a Super Moon

Posted: May 2, 2012 - 11:49 , by Ian Nicklin

An animated gif of the lunar liberation

The libration of the Moon over a single lunar month. Image credit: Tom Ruen

For all the space junkies and aspiring astronauts, the ROM is holding its first ever Space Weekend on May 5 and 6…it’s going to be out of this world!