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Monthly Archive: December

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. 

ROM for the Holidays: more than just family fun

Posted: December 30, 2012 - 11:20 , by Elizabeth O'Grady
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As a kid, I took my Christmas list very seriously. As an adult, I've realized that the greatest gifts are...you know. 

Archaeological Achievements of the ROM - 1914 to 2012

Posted: December 18, 2012 - 13:20 , by Gwen Adams
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This blog post was written by Kara Ma, ROM's Rebanks Intern. 

As the newest Rebanks Intern, I am excited to present the latest ROM Library display case, located on the main floor just in front of the Library and Archives. On display is a timeline depicting highlights of the ROM’s extensive work and achievements in the field of archaeology

Komodo Dragon Preparation, Step Two: To the Bug Cave! I mean, Bug ROOM

Posted: December 12, 2012 - 15:31 , by Nicole Richards
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A close-up of the Komodo Dragon head before preparation of the speciman began

Viewer discretion advised. Images depict a Komodo Dragon being dissected as it is prepared for the ROM's collections. Some images may be shocking.

The Fruits of our Labour: ROM images in print

Posted: December 10, 2012 - 15:46 , by Nicola Woods
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Two stacks of books that include images from the Royal Ontario Museum

A behind-the-scenes look at the publication of ROM images and a custom photo shoot of El Anatsui’s artwork.

Adventures at Big Fish River

Posted: December 10, 2012 - 15:38 , by Mia Ijacic
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This blog post was written by Dr. Kim Tait, Curator of Mineralogy at the ROM. As the new recipient of the YPC Research Fund, Kim has travelled to the northeastern corner of the Yukon—a remote region rich with minerals called Rapid Creek. Her work builds on the legacy of ROM research on phosphate minerals, which are one of the largest and most complex in the mineral kingdom and act as the atomic building blocks of our natural world.

David Krause & our FINAL Dinosaur Day!

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 21:55 , by Kiron Mukherjee
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Just like the non-avian dinosaurs, our Dino Days have come to an end. This Saturday December 8th, marks our last Dinosaur Day of the 2012 season.

Majungasaurus trying to take flight. #forevertrying

Majungasaurus trying to take flight. #forevertrying