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Bottom Dwellers

At the Canadian Museum of Nature there is scientific excellence in Arctic research, a regular part of our work in the last 100 years. The museum experts unlock the stories of the natural world and one of our specialties is … Continue reading

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Piece-work

Somewhere between dental surgery and sculptural art is the work of the fossil preparator. Fossil preparation is what happens after the challenges of finding and removing specimens from the earth during field work. The field season lasts weeks, while specimen … Continue reading

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Looming human impact threaten our deep-sea communities – Live deep-sea ROPOS dives at the Museum – Part 4

Some of the corals observed during the ROPOS dives are believed to be hundreds of years old. Unlike many true corals that form reefs in tropical regions over time, cold water corals simply grow bigger and bigger with age. As … Continue reading

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New deep-sea species to describe – Live deep-sea ROPOS dives at the Museum – Part 3

I was surprised by the large number of species that could not be readily identified. At this point in time, however, it is too early to know how many new species have been discovered during this expedition. The research team … Continue reading

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Amazing images from the ROPOS – Live deep-sea ROPOS dives at the Museum – Part 2

We showed more than 30 hours of videos and since the ROPOS is equipped with HD video cameras, we were able to see the most amazing details of the seafloor and its inhabitants; not so much on the video because … Continue reading

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Field Work

One of my favourite museum quotes is, “museums are organisms that ingest but do not excrete”, and is from noted museum professional Suzanne Keene. The implication is that museums are actively gobbling up specimens to the collection vaults and are … Continue reading

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Live deep-sea ROPOS dives at the Museum – Part 1

On July 8, 2010, a multidisciplinary team of marine scientists left Halifax Harbour with the mission, among other things, to explore the seafloor in deep water areas never visited before. They used a remotely-operated vehicle called ROPOS to dive at … Continue reading

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On Being Big

One of the inspiring features of biology is the huge variety that life forms come in. Here is the recipe for an impressive range of biological form and function. Mix together the correct chemical and environmental conditions for life, create … Continue reading

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Our Six-Legged Neighbours

There is a famous religious reference that intersects with natural history. The British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane was asked by clerics what his studies on nature told him about God. He replied that, “the Creator seemed to have an … Continue reading

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The Undead

There are times when real life imitates fiction. That might be the case with mineralogy and vampires. Vampires are undead fiction, even though volumes of popular media try to convince us otherwise. Mineralogy is the real-life version of the undead. … Continue reading

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