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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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The Alphabet Soup of the Science World

Dr. Mark Graham describes the museum’s link to international efforts that conserve species and promote taxonomy. Continue reading

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The Last “W”: Why Our Flora Is Important (and Urgently Needed)

During each of the last three fieldwork seasons in the North, Paul Sokoloff and his team discovered a plant species that was previously unknown in Canada, the Arctic or the local region. Continue reading

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Time for Taxonomy

The Canadian Museum of Nature represents Canada and plays an active role in the international plan for the advancement of taxonomy, explains Mark Graham. Continue reading

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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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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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