Category Archives: Species Discovery and Change

Cracking the mystery of crystal structure

Canadian Museum of Nature intern Joachim de Fourestier explores one of hardest mineral questions: The mystery of internal crystal structure. Continue reading

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Co-Extinction and the Case of American Chestnut and the Greater Chestnut Weevil (Curculio caryatrypes)

A problem to take seriously. Continue reading

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Going Hunting in Texas

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

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What’s in a Name? A Year in Taxonomy at the Canadian Museum of Nature

A total of 34 new species were described by museum scientists in 2015, all with new scientific names. Some of our experts even had species named after them! 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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Museum Metabolism

Like animals and plants, museums have a “metabolism”. Do you know how it functions? 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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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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Why should we get excited about one new species in the ocean?

Why should we get excited about one new species in the ocean?
Read more about a giant file clam which now has a new identity. Continue reading

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So when do you know you’ve discovered a new species?

When do you know you’ve discovered a new species? Read part 1 of the story of a giant file clam found 30 years ago. Continue reading

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