Monthly Archives: March 2013

(Plant) Life in a Disaster Zone

When nature wreaks havoc, it’s not only people who have to recover in the aftermath: the environment must regenerate also. Usually first on the scene, many plant species are exceptionally well adapted to this cycle of disturbance and restoration. Continue reading

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Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Floral Design

Exhibits intern Lyndsey Sullivan lifts the veil on this ephemeral exhibition. Continue reading

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Dino Idol: And the Winner Is…

Canadian Club! Preparation of the fossil—the pelvis and tail of an ankylosaur—will take a long time, but the fossil holds a certain scientific interest for palaeontologist Jordan Mallon. Continue reading

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Dino Idol Contestant #5: Regal Ed—A Priceless Holotype

Only the skull of this duck-billed dinosaur is already prepared. Will museum visitors vote for this contestant so that the rest of the skeleton can be prepared and studied? Continue reading

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Dino Idol Contestant #4: Canadian Club—A Powerful Tail

Ankylosaurs have tails with a lot of clout. Paleontologist Jordan Mallon wants to know if Canadian Club may be a rare addition to our collections. Continue reading

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Photographing Research from the Inside

What’s it like to be a photographer on a fossil-research field trip to the Arctic? Martin Lipman joined palaeo teams from the museum on several trips, and he shares his perspective on the experience. Continue reading

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