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Monthly Archive: December

ROM Research Colloquium: BLOG-A THON (Day 3)

Posted: February 20, 2016 - 08:30 , by Sascha Priewe
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Photo of two flying moustached bats

Five researchers, five questions, five days.

Join us for the ROM Research Colloquium on February 23 and meet our researchers! Stay for the Vaughan Lecture given by Dave Rudkin.

How does your research help us understand the world? 


ROM Research Colloquium: BLOG-A THON (Day 2)

Posted: February 17, 2016 - 17:25 , by Sascha Priewe
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A photo of two Amanita specimens from the Araca River, Amazonia, Brazil

Five researchers, five questions, five days.

Join us for the ROM Research Colloquium on February 23 and meet our researchers! Stay for the Vaughan Lecture given by Dave Rudkin.

ROM Research Colloquium: BLOG-A-THON (Day 1)

Posted: February 17, 2016 - 17:04 , by Sascha Priewe
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Dave Rudkin in the Raymond Quarry, 1984

Follow five of the ROM’s researchers and learn about what fascinates them, what questions are irking them and how their research helps us figure out the world.

Have you got 15 minutes to be part of something BIG?

Posted: February 11, 2016 - 16:46 , by Stacey Kerr
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White-breasted Nuthatch, common bird of Toronto.  Photo by Mark Peck

Guest blog written by Bird Studies Canada's Toronto Projects Coordinator, Emily Rondel

What if you could be part of a global conservation project by standing in your yard (or local park, or well…anywhere) for 15 minutes? This coming Family Day weekend (Feb 12-15), be part of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a four day worldwide “blitz” of wild birds. The GBBC is an invaluable snapshot of worldwide bird abundance and distribution; and it’s only possible due to the participation of tens of thousands of “citizen scientist” volunteers around the globe. 

Our NBA All-Star Starting 5

Posted: February 11, 2016 - 14:51 , by Ryan Dodge
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Imagine if Dinosaurs could play in the NBA All-Star game? We did!

Remembering Kiowa Wind McComb

Posted: February 10, 2016 - 16:23 , by admin
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Portrait of Kiowa Wind McComb at the ROM.

Kiowa was the Indigenous Youth Intern in the ROM Learning Department through the generous support of Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and was an exceptionally promising young man.

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!