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.
A Canadian Museum of Nature scientist discovers evolutionary evidence of a mammal transforming to “return” to the sea. An amazing fossil from the Arctic of 20 million years ago, Puijila darwini is a land animal that links to the origin of seals.
Biologist and diatom expert Paul Hamilton finds clues about climate change by studying tiny life forms in the Arctic’s lakes and rivers. Hamilton talks about his work examining microscopic life in the Arctic.
Fossil sites in the Arctic from about 50 million years ago provide a glimpse of life that evolved in the tropical forest under extreme greenhouse conditions. The Arctic was a warm, wet, swampy, forested place 50 million years ago. Ellesmere Island is a key fossil site in Canada's High Arctic, where the remains of unique mammal species can tell us ...
The amazing ancient fish with limbs, Tiktaalik roseae, is now back in Canada. See the fossils and hear from the American scientists who discovered them in 2004 in the Canadian Arctic. Tiktaalik will be preserved in the fossil collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature on behalf of the Government of Nunavut.
Mammalogist Dr. Dominique Fauteux introduces lemmings – the tundra’s “lunch box”. These small Arctic rodents have an ecological footprint much bigger than their tiny size would suggest. Their population cycle has a great impact on their Arctic predators — from the Arctic fox and ermine, to the snowy owl and gyrfalcon. Video presentation partially in French with English subtitles.