Category Archives: Animals

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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Of Fish and Men…Studying Fossil Fish in Ethiopia

Scott Rufolo is applying his newfound knowledge of fossil fish, studying specimens millions of years old at the National Museum of Ethiopia. Continue reading

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Studying the Enriching Effect of Submarine Canyons

Marine biologist Kathy Conlan and her team found 531 species of worms, shrimps, starfishes and more in underwater canyons off Australia. This research helps us understand the importance of such canyons to marine life. Continue reading

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How to Keep Skeletons Clean—Just Spit on Them!

Researcher Scott Rufolo tells us about some sometimes surprising techniques that he learned for cleaning bones that will be added to the museum’s collections or used in our research projects. Continue reading

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Citizen Science Led by the Canadian Museum of Nature and Ottawa Riverkeeper

A new citizen-watch programme will track the distribution and movements of invasive zebra mussels in the Ottawa River. Continue reading

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Ecology of the Forest Floor: Ground Beetles and Habitat Health

Tiny insects embody a wealth of information. Continue reading

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Tiny Clams That Thrive in Dry Ponds

Follow students Shan Leung and James Darling as they identify Herrington’s fingernail clam, a tiny mollusc on the museum’s property. Continue reading

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In the Amazing Business: Museum Collections

A 3 metre-long tooth? A retractable stomach that penetrates the body of the prey? The museum’s collections are not lacking in surprising specimens! Continue reading

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Plastination and Taxidermy: Which is Best for a Museum?

There are many ways to conserve animal specimens for study— from organs in jars, to whole skeletons, to preserved skins and even plastination. Dr. Kamal Khidas explains using samples from our collections. Continue reading

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Species Discoveries in 2014 at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Discovery of new species is a specialty of the museum’s scientific research, and a bumper crop was named and classified in 2014. Continue reading

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