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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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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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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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Small but Mighty . . . Microbes

Water is essential for life so is one of the important clues when searching for life on any planet. Except for heavily processed drinking water, you can find signs of life in nearly every drop of water on Earth; diatoms, … Continue reading

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Sowing Seeds

Scientists are champions at formulating and answering questions, and the scientific method is a diligent, orderly way to do just that. In the process, data is generated using the most appropriate methods, a foundation of knowledge emerges, and refined information … Continue reading

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The Shell Game

The most endangered and at risk species in Canada and the United States are the mussels that live in freshwater; 16 of 55Canadian species, and greater proportions reported by several states. There is a modest variety of freshwater mussel species compared … Continue reading

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A Needle in the Haystack

Sometimes research is like finding a needle in a haystack. It can be like that for paleontologists. They might know where specific geological formations are. They might understand the Earth history that caused it and have vivid ideas about what … Continue reading

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The Man with the Briefcase

At the Canadian Museum of Nature it is not unusual to see people walking around with packs, boxes, and briefcases. Because there are about 200 people working at the museum who regularly have visitors, it is not unusual to see … Continue reading

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