Category Archives: Species Discovery and Change

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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Museum birds tell their tale

What can be learned from a bird’s nest from 1925? Or from a Bird of Paradise collected in the middle of the last century? Michel Gosselin shows us five specimens from the Museum’s bird collection that each tell a very special story. Continue reading

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Is the world’s largest Triceratops skull sitting in our collection?

Alan McDonald wonders, and works to reveal, if the world’s largest Triceratops skull has been uncovered in the museum’s collection? 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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Discovering species on the shelves

What’s the best place for a paleontologist to discover a new species: Alberta; Mongolia; or the collections at the Canadian Museum of Nature? Museum paleontologist Danielle Fraser writes that there’s beauty, mystery and lots of scientific discoveries to be made on the shelves, and in the drawers and boxes, of the museum’s collection. Continue reading

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World’s largest botany conference: “Care for Plants, Care for our Future”

What’s big, green and full of plant scientists? The International Botanical Congress, of course! This past July, in Shenzen, China, three Museum of Nature botany researchers gathered with 7000 others at the world’s largest gathering of plant scientists. Read museum researcher Jeff Saarela’s behind-the-scenes account. Continue reading

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Two Rare Species, One Big Trip

As a member of the historic C3 voyage that circumnavigated Canada’s coastline in summer 2017, Paul Sokoloff writes about the search for two very special species of plants that exist only in one small area of the vast Canadian Arctic. Continue reading

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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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