Category Archives: Animals

Going Hunting in Texas

Search for an elusive insect with museum entomologist Robert Anderson. Continue reading

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Arachnophilia: Spiders of the Museum Research Campus

Two students don’t have to wait for Halloween to get to know mysterious beasts. Continue reading

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How Did Those Mussels Get to the Museum’s Pond?

The surprising voyage taken by mussel larvae—which are attached to fish—to reach and colonize one of our ponds. Continue reading

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Searching for Pearly Mussels in the Rideau River during the Hottest Days of Summer

Sixteen years after the first study, what is the state of native mussels in Ontario’s Rideau River? Research scientist André Martel and team will be diving all summer to find out. Continue reading

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Setting Up House: Acquiring and Caring for Live Beetles

What’s involved in getting the live beetles into the museum for exhibition? Overseas shipping, custom housing and a gentle touch are just some of the requirements outlined by animal-care technician Stuart Baatnes. Continue reading

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Dinos of Canada stamps Stampede into Canada Post Outlets

It’s not every day a palaeontologist introduces a new dinosaur species to the world! Jordan Mallon tells the story of “Judith”, the new horned dinosaur that he recently identified at the museum with colleagues. Continue reading

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Cave Weevils in North America

Caves are known for their magnificent geologic structures, but the richness of their biodiversity is emerging into the light. Continue reading

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The Museum of Nature as a rare species hub

Endangered? Threatened? Not at Risk? Jennifer Doubt shares some roles the museum plays in COSEWIC, the national committee that assesses the extinction risk of plants and animals in Canada. Continue reading

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Happy Darwin Day! Evolutionary Transitions Abound at the Canadian Museum of Nature

In honour of Charles Darwin’s birthday, palaeontologist Jordan Mallon went digging in the museum’s fossil collection and found fascinating examples of evolution at work—evidence of evolutionary transitions through time. Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Fish Fossils and Evolution of the Human Brain

Scott Rufolo writes from Kenya about the importance of tiny fossils in understanding the environment in which our earliest human ancestors lived. Continue reading

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