Our scientific experts have the skills to conduct collection-based research in
- zoology (animals)
- palaeobiology (fossils)
- mineralogy (minerals)
- botany (plants).
The museum also supports the research activities of many independent scientists who have intensive working relationships with our staff and collections.
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- The rocks in fishes’ heads tell amazing stories
When I collect and research fish specimens for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s collection, I’m often particularly interested in the rocks in their heads. These tiny rocky structures, just millimetres in size, are called otoliths, or ear stones. For fishes, …
- Lemmings: The favourite Arctic meal
The Museum’s Dominique Fauteux writes that lemmings might be small but they pack a big ecological footprint.