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Monthly Archive: December

ROM Collections Contribute to Checklist of Indian Birds

Posted: August 25, 2016 - 11:42 , by Brad Millen
Brad Millen examines one of countless drawers full of bird specimens from across the world. Photo by Filip Szafirowski

Museum collections are often undervalued and misunderstood. Regular visitors to the ROM don’t get to see what lies behind the public galleries, and yet less than 1% of the ROM’s collections are on display. These collections do far more than gather dust: they are a reference point in time, and, from a natural history perspective, provide a baseline for our understanding of life. I have received a lot of data requests from inside and outside the ROM. Some I can answer, and some I automatically forward along to collections. A group of recent emails stood out in particular...

Tattoos: Today

Posted: August 25, 2016 - 08:00 , by Ann Webb
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Picture of actor Angelina Jolie in a blue dress showing her tattoos on her neck and shoulder

Although tattooing has deep roots across cultures and has spread globally, across several millennia, the Western perception of tattoos, the tattooist, and the tattooed has had connotations of deviance. 

Were These Peruvian Mummies Climate Change Nomads?

Posted: August 24, 2016 - 13:13 , by Ryan Dodge
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Join the ROM team in the field in Peru

Tattoos: Arctic

Posted: August 23, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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drawn picture of a woman dressed in fur in a snow hut surrounded by shelves of pots and antlers

How tattoos are viewed in the Arctic communities.

Profile: Marianne Mader

Posted: August 22, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Woman in a black dress and glasses standing in front of purple crystals incased in a rock

New on the Ground (and in Space)

The ROM’s Marianne Mader discusses her inspirations and what’s next for her.

What made you pursue planetary science as a study?

The TRCA Calls Upon Batman for Help

Posted: August 18, 2016 - 14:33 , by Stacey Kerr
Dr. Burton Lim (left) and ROM Biodiversity's Nicole Richards (right) walk along the Scarborough Bluffs waterfront en route to one of the three bat detectors. Photo by Filip Szafirowski

It’s been a hot summer, the sun is shining and the Scarborough Bluffs are standing tall above the Lake Ontario shoreline. But they might not be for long. The Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto’s east end are eroding at a rapid rate, increasing the likelihood of slope failure and damage to local species’ habitats. Although the cliffs have been eroding since the 1940s, the view from atop the Bluffs was too enticing to prevent people from further settling there. As houses were feverishly built along the Bluffs, the rate of erosion further accelerated.

Tattoos: Exploring Tattoo Culture Around the World

Posted: August 18, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Back of man, covered with Tattoos.

Tattoos: Ritual, Identity, Obsession and Art.

The ROM's Remarkable Bees

Posted: August 16, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Honey Bees clustered in a hive

Guest blog by Antonia Guidotti, Entomology Technician 

ROM visitors love the live hive of European Honey Bees in the Hands-on Biodiversity Gallery. The queen bee is currently “spotted” with a bright green dot. As long as she is near the front of the display, visitors can find her, and receive an “I found the Queen Bee” sticker.

Most Common Questions

 Are they alive?

Minding the Stores

Posted: August 15, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A black and white photograph of a woman standing on a step ladder surrounded by artifacts on shelves

Guest blog by Lance McMillan

The ROM’s extensive collections are lovingly watched over by an expert team of dedicated curators and technicians.

Tattoos: Glossary

Posted: August 11, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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One in five Canadians has at least one tattoo, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sports a Haida symbol on his left shoulder. Tattoos have moved into the mainstream, companies have begun to relax rules on visible tattos in the workplace. The new exhibition charts the journey of tattooing from its deep historical and global roots, via its marginalizaiton, to its current revival in many cultures around the world. Here are six essential tattoo terms to know while walking through the Tattoos exhibition: