Category Archives: Species Discovery and Change

The rocks in fishes’ heads tell amazing stories

When I collect and research fish specimens for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s collection, I’m often particularly interested in the rocks in their heads. These tiny rocky structures, just millimetres in size, are called otoliths, or ear stones. For fishes, … Continue reading

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Lemmings: The favourite Arctic meal

The Museum’s Dominique Fauteux writes that lemmings might be small but they pack a big ecological footprint. Continue reading

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Dendrites in rock: Getting a microscopic view

Museum summer research intern Ann Presley says the experience made her realize that sometimes it’s the really, (really) small things that matter. Continue reading

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Bees and Wasps: Providing Ecosystem Services with a Point

Thomas Onuferko says it’s high time to drop the fear and start spreading the buzz about wasps’ ecological importance. Continue reading

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In Jassa mating: A thumb matters

Kathleen Conlan writes that after 30 years she’s still captivated by the role of male thumbs in a shrimp-like love story. Continue reading

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A possible new species almost found — but lost

Brian Coad recounts the tale of a possibly new blind cave fish species that had him hooked, but sadly was lost. Continue reading

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Champsosaurus: CT scanning reveals its ear openings really were on the bottom of its skull

Carleton University student Thomas Dudgeon gets into the heads of the museum’s Champsosaurus to solve a Cretaceous ear mystery. Continue reading

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Triceratops skull delivers a Wow! of a Christmas gift

Alan McDonald reports that after almost 90 years in the museum’s collections, a Triceratops skull delivers a Wow! of a Christmas gift. Continue reading

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Cruising the Globe Undetected

Kathy Conlan reports on the gooey voyages of a tiny global hitchhiker. Continue reading

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Undiscovered backyard biodiversity: New lichen species discovered in Guelph, Canada

Troy McMullin’s inventory of the Arboretum at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, reveals that there is still lots of undiscovered biodiversity in our backyards. Continue reading

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