Category Archives: Mammals

Living on the edge: the voles of Svalbard

The population of the sibling vole in the Norwegian Arctic island of Spitsbergen irregularly fluctuates from 200 individuals per hectare to almost none. Our research scientist, Dominique Fauteux tries to solve this mystery. Continue reading

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Biting into the Past

Paleontologist Danielle Fraser blogs about why finding a fossil tooth always gives her a big smile. Continue reading

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The teething of the shrew

How do you tell apart Canada’s 19 species of shrews? Elliot Schmidt says it’s a no-brainer: Look at the teeth. Continue reading

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Hunting for Mammal Fossils in Grasslands National Park

New Canadian Museum of Nature palaeontologist Danielle Fraser is off to an exciting start with a project digging into the evolutionary history and ecology of extinct mammals in Canada. This past summer she led a team into Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan and discovered a fossil site from when rhinos called the area home. Continue reading

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“Skeletons Out of the Closet” at the Museum’s Research and Collections Facility

See what amazing things are stored and revealed in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s research and collections facility in Gatineau, Quebec. Continue reading

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The Strap-Toothed Whale: A Fascinating Specimen in Whales Tohorā

As a conservator with the museum, Carolyn Leckie has examined all the specimens in the exhibition Whales Tohorā. The strap-toothed whale’s bizarre teeth particularly fascinated her. Continue reading

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Wild Weather Ends Live Beluga Cam

A fierce storm destroyed the Live Wild Beluga Cam equipment, which was set to broadcast a unique gathering of hundreds of whales. Continue reading

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Sloth: My Favourite Extreme Mammal

For Jennifer-Lee Mason, the laid-back lifestyle of sloths is very appealing. Continue reading

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