Tag Archives: species discovery and change

What’s in a Name? A Year in Taxonomy at the Canadian Museum of Nature

A total of 34 new species were described by museum scientists in 2015, all with new scientific names. Some of our experts even had species named after them! Continue reading

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Minerals Are Species Too!

The definition of a mineral species and its classification are based on the chemistry and the atomic structure of the mineral. Consequently, defining a mineral species is more straightforward than defining a biological species. Continue reading

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Species Discoveries in 2014 at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Discovery of new species is a specialty of the museum’s scientific research, and a bumper crop was named and classified in 2014. Continue reading

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Basalt: A Source of Beauty and Wonder

Come along with us to Cambodia as two museum mineralogists hunt for basalt for their research. Continue reading

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Mineralogy Adventure in Cambodia: Looking for Topaz in Takeo Province

Follow mineralogists Paula Piilonen and Glenn Poirier in Cambodia, from the summit of Phnum Bayong Kao to the stalls of local mineral vendors. Continue reading

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The Rare Hickorynut Freshwater Mussel Finds a Haven in the Ottawa River

Researcher André Martel is very excited! He and his team discovered what could be the most important population of Hickorynut Mussel in Canada. This freshwater mussel has recently been listed as an endangered species. Continue reading

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Going Deep: Research Off the Beaten Path

Our researchers are sometimes immersed—literally—in their research. Mark Graham, Vice-President of Research and Collections at the museum, accompanied researcher André Martel in search of rare freshwater mussels. Continue reading

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