Ancient Egypt In The Hands Of Tiny Tots
Here is Sarah-Rachel, Tiny Tots instructor, with a replica ancient Egyptian scarab to show her class.
After the lesson in the ancient Egypt gallery, they returned to their classroom to make their own scarab beetle necklaces out of clay. They will glaze and fire them to go home as finished pieces of art in a few weeks!
A Peek Into The Past: Massospondylus Embryos!
This is a 190 million year old Massospondylus embryo found in South Africa. Due to their delicate nature, embryos do not generally fossilize. This fossil, along with the rest of its clutch (see above), are 1 of only 3 examples of dinosaur embryos currently known to science.
This fossil represents what is believed to be a soon to hatch Massospondylus. The neck, legs and head size, point to the dramatic change they under go during life. For example, as babies, these dinosaurs would walk on all fours, while as adults they walk primarily on their hind legs (check out the Julius Csotonyi image above). The lack of developed teeth also seem to indicate that hatchlings would be dependent on their mother for food and safety for the beginning stages of life.
- ROMKids: Massospondylus Moms & Dinosaur Babies!
- Globe & Mail: Team led by ROM scientist unearths oldest dinosaur nursery
- Wikipedia: Dinosaur Eggs
- Massospondylus image: The BRILLIANT Julius Csotonyi.
- All photos: Kiron Mukherjee.
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: April 20th, 2014.
The Giant Eggs Of The Elephant Bird & Ostrich
The huge egg on the left belongs to the extinct Aepyornis (the legendary elephant bird) and is believed to be the largest ever bird egg. In fact, the egg of an Aepyornis can hold the volume of up to 160 chicken eggs! The smaller, but still sizeable, egg on the right belongs to an ostrich, the living record holder. An ostrich egg can fit the volume of upwards of 24 chicken eggs. In comparison, the smallest bird egg belongs to the bee hummingbird of which 4700 of their eggs would fit into an ostrich’s.
The penny gives you an idea of the size of these huge eggs. Up until the discovery of the eggs of the dinosaur Hypselosaurus (which is still up for debate), Aepyornis eggs were the unchallenged largest eggs ever attributed to a land animal.
- The Telegraph: David Attenborough and the mystery of the elephant bird
- Learn more about ornithology from ROM scientist Mark Peck on Twitter!
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: April 19th, 2014.
Fun times at the ROM. The ticket sales men made my day when he told me I got in free on Tuesday’s because of my post secondary education. Then I went to sonic boom! and found a Tegan and Sara cd that I was missing for a steal of a deal. Its been an awesome day so far:) I hope everyone has had a great day tonight.
This is pretty much a greatest hits of some of the best natural history specimens we have on display!
More information on Free Student Tuesdays HERE!
Palaeo in the Wild: How Palaeontologists Go To The Bathroom
Just about everything a palaeontologist brings into the field also has to leave with them. The grey bins at the bottom are used not only to haul fossils out of sites like the Burgess Shale but also human waste. This makes it VERY important to label your bins.
This washroom tent will be used this summer by our invertebrate palaeontology team as they search for new fossils describing the diversity of the world’s earliest life in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia.
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: March 23rd, 2014.
The Cow Under The Museum
Sometimes when you make a museum, you find something worthy of belonging in it underneath.
This cow bone was unearthed while building the Museum, on the side closest to Bloor. Though not significantly old, it’s wonderful that the construction staff had the foresight to keep it, as the bone provides a unique look into the past of our bustling metropolis.
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: March 17th, 2014.