Category Archives: Fossils

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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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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It’s Not Every Day You Get to Fly Over a New Dinosaur Museum!

Surprising architecture, fascinating exhibitions and even a helicopter flight over a fossil site! Our CEO Meg Beckel shares highlights from her visit to the brand new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Alberta. Continue reading

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Finders are not Keepers

Kieran Shepherd, the museum’s Curator of Palaeobiology, explains the arrival in our fossil collection of a new palaeo star named Tiktaalik. Continue reading

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Lady Luck visits the Alberta badlands

Hard work pays off for palaeontologist Dr. Jordan Mallon and his team as they find some horned dinosaur fossils and a large bonebed. Continue reading

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Dino-mania is back. Thanks, Jurassic World

A fan of the Jurassic Park movies, our dinosaur expert Jordan Mallon provides his thoughts about Jurassic World. Continue reading

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Hunting for Dinosaurs—You Can’t Always Get What You Want!

Our dinosaur researcher Dr. Jordan Mallon shares how excitement can quickly turn to disappointment when hunting for fossils. 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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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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