Category Archives: Species Discovery and Change

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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Finnish moth species is asexual with benefits

Veronica Chevasco reports that a species of Finnish moth is asexual with benefits. Continue reading

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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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