Canadian Museum of Nature

Explore nature in the field, in the lab, and behind the scenes with researchers from Canada’s national museum of natural history and natural sciences. This series of videos on timely subjects connects nature’s past, present and future.

Episodes

Canadian Museum of Nature What sharp teeth you have! New

A look at hyenas, bears and the ancient sabre-toothed cat, Smilodon. Blade-like, scissor-like — the shape of the teeth determines how well an animal can exploit different types of food. For mammal researchers, teeth are the windows into the biology of the animal.
  • 2020
  • 00:02:13
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/03/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Mammoth vs. Mastodons New

Both mastodons and mammoths were huge, elephant-like beasts that lived in the last ice age. Do you know how to tell them apart? Learn how from the fossil collection curator at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
  • 2014
  • 00:02:26
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/03/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Judith: New dinosaur species with an interesting story New

Meet Judith — a new species of horned dinosaur nicknamed for the Judith River Formation in Montana, United States, where it was discovered. Judith was scientifically described and named Spiclypeus shipporum by museum palaeontologist Jordan Mallon.
  • 2016
  • 00:02:42
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/03/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Preparing a dinosaur for display New

Ever wonder what it takes to put a dinosaur fossil on display? It starts with removing the fossil matrix from the field, a plaster jacket, and then delicate, patient extraction. Fossil preparation 101 — check it out!
  • 2019
  • 00:02:49
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/03/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Cool facts about the Moon! New

How did the Earth’s moon form? What does the moon tell us about the solar system? Did you know at one point the moon was closer to Earth than it is now? Find out more!
  • 2019
  • 00:03:53
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/03/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Let's Talk About Canadian Volcanoes New

The extensive geological diversity of Canada includes young volcanoes. Learn more from Erika Anderson, who’s studied volcanoes and who is the Curator of Mineralogy at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
  • 2019
  • 00:02:46
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/03/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature The Passenger Pigeon: A story of modern extinction New

On September 1, 1914, the extinction of the passenger pigeon became official when the last of its species (a bird named Martha) died. Hear the story of how billions of birds became zero. Get a glimpse of a special exhibition in honour of the ill-fated passenger pigeon. See irreplaceable specimens from the Canadian Museum of Nature collection.
  • 2014
  • 00:03:08
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/23/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Native mussels fight back New

Find out how some native mussels are hanging on... despite the dire threat by invasive zebra mussels. Mussel expert André Martel takes us to the Rideau River in Smith Falls, Ontario.
  • 2016
  • 00:03:14
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/23/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Searching for lichens in Nova Scotia New

Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia is rich in lichen biodiversity. Tag along with lichenologist Troy McMullin as he finds an assortment of these miniscule marvels that are new to this park. See impressive close-up photos of the lichens as well.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:07
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/23/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature National Biodiversity Cryobank of Canada: Frozen DNA New

Learn about the National Biodiversity Cryobank of Canada. This new facility to support the study of species diversity is the first of its kind in Canada with a national mandate. It preserves frozen animal and plant tissues as well as associated genetic material.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/23/2020