cinnamonhellen This...is a baby Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish. As adults, they are the heaviest bony fish weighing approx 2,200lbs! They eat mainly jellyfish, and are eaten by orcas, sharks, sealions and humans. A female can lay 300,000,000 eggs!!! Explains why the fry look like tiny puffer fish! #molamola #commonmolamola #sunfish #oceansunfish #fish #bony #baby #fry #specimen #atROM #workflow #jar #wetspecimen #awesome #tinypuffer #museum #lovemyjob #socool #babyfish #giantfish #cantstoplaughing #socute 7h

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cinnamonhellen Black headed caiques: notice any differences? Species Pionites melanocephala melanocephala vs subspecies Pionites m. pallida the one with yellow legs, or 'pants'! The pallida specimen was collected on Oct 10, 1968 in Putumayo, Colombia. #workflow #caiques #parrots #blackheadsdcaique #greatpets #clowns #amazon #tropical #taxidermy #studyskins #Colombia #putumayo #fieldwork #oldstuff #pieceofhistory #naturalhistory #ornithology #birds #atROM #museumlife #museum #research #pionus 1w

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cinnamonhellen Collections selfie! #shameless haha! Organizing my favourite group of birds - PARROTS! Always colourful even in death. it's always a good idea to donate specimens or deceased pets to your local museum for education rather than throwing them in the garbage (morbid I know). #workflow #collections #taxidermy #parrots #rosellas #parakeets #australia #landofOZ #downunder #selfie #grassland #museumlife #atROM 2w

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cinnamonhellen So many limbs and hundreds of hickies! That is how the octopus do A species of deep sea octopus has broken the octopus mothering records by guarding her eggs for 4.5 years (only to die once they hatch), also breaking the record for the longest developmental period known for any organism! #mothering #extrememommies #octopus #somanylegs #suctioncups #deapsea #ocean #smart #invertebrates #hidesincoconuts #hasabeak #allmuscle #doyouevenlift #bestanimalsever #aquarium #workflow #latenights #earlymornings #nightattheaquarium 3w

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cinnamonhellen You know.....just a Moa skeleton chilling in the Ornithology DNA lab, no big deal. Moas are a group of extinct species of large flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. They disappeared around the 15th century due to over hunting by humans. Before human intervention, the Moas were only hunted by the Hasst's eagle - also became extinct as a result of Moa shortage. #averageday #workflow #wildwednesday #skeleton #Moa #extinct #giantdodo #bird #newzealand #downunder #NZ #extinction #DNA #lab #doingscience #ornithology #deadthings #everythingisdead #bones #articulated #specimen #atROM #kindoflikeanostrich 1mon
  •   jakobkuehne94 excellent 1mon
  •   natural_selections Holy crap! How much of it is cast? I'm a New Zealander, always nice to see a piece of home lol 1mon
  •   cinnamonhellen @natural_selections really!? That's awesome!! Had no idea! The whole bird is a real skeleton - many were found fully articulated in swamps. Some smaller bones may have been cast but it's all real bone. The ROM traded some Dinos with Yale for the Moa and other species 1mon

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cinnamonhellen Rhea face! There are only 2 species of Rheas (Lesser & Greater) both found in South America. Related to ostriches & emus, they are listed as near-threatened by ICNU. Currently still an important food source, and their skins are used to make leather. Did I mention? The males do most of the work, building nests & incubating up to 60 eggs! #rhea #southamerica #ostrich #emu #threatened #duckface #museumlife #workflow #taxidermy #mount #atROM #argentina #bolivia #chile #paraguay #peru #uruguay #stayathomedads #bigbird #ostritchesofthenewworld 1mon

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cinnamonhellen Holding the skull of a Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans. Adult male from New Zealand. This species has the largest wingspan of any living bird. Occupying the southern oceans of the world, adolescent D. exulans do not come to land & return to their colony until approx. 6 years of age. They may not breed successfully until 10 to 15 years of age. Fledglings have approx 30% survival rate. Lifespan: avg 50 years. #awesome #albatross #wandering #skull #taxidermy #specimen #bird #ornithology #museum #atROM #myfavouritebird #massive #wingspan #endangered #species #conservation #ocean #flight #workflow #museumlife #bigbird 1mon

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  •   natural_selections Very cool! Makes me want to pull out all my bits and pieces of ancient pottery. I've got soo much awesome stuff just tucked into bins 2mon
  •   cinnamonhellen @natural_selections really!? Should really display them! Super neat! Also got to see some Acheulean hand axes! 2mon
  •   natural_selections Nice! I need to find an expert to help me sort through my few thousand stone tools. I have locales for most of them, but no clue as to age or anything else. The pottery fragments are a mix of everything but I have a bunch of intact Precolumbian pots/offering vessels, an almost flawless mug from Mesa Verde, Roman stuff from the invasion of England, and a foot and a half tall Iroquois vessel from 1300AD. 2mon
  •   cinnamonhellen @natural_selections that is AWESOME! Wow! We should grab some people together and do a pottery party to sort out and ID all the pieces! I'll bust out all my archaeology texts & notes too :P your collection is full of surprises! 2mon
  •   natural_selections Lol I don't know what 2/3rds of the collection is. The founder/former president of the Ontario Archaeological Society passed and I wound up with a chunk of his estate as the backbone to the natural history center I am opening. Sadly the family threw out hundreds of pounds of "paper junk" that were 60 years of fieldnotes. The stone tools usually pose the biggest mysteries. Two crude tools were labeled "2myo Olduvai Gorge". There were Homo habilis specimens in the collection, but those don't seem to match with the habilis. I'm totally down for an artifact party though! I'd even bring stuff into Toronto to save some travelling. 2mon
  •   cinnamonhellen @natural_selections oh my god that's amazing! 2myo tools is what every young archaeologist reads about in text books but never get to see! Living the dream, thats incredible! Glad you're now looking after the collection though :) 2mon
  •   natural_selections I'll have to bring my Neanderthal butchering axe and habilis tools by the next time I visit! I may come out to the ROM halloween party on Friday, but not sure yet. 2mon
  •   cinnamonhellen Yes! Let me know if you decide to bring the artifacts, as well as if you come out for Halloween! I'm working during the day so won't be there for FNL :( but let me know how it goes! 2mon

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cinnamonhellen Feeling crabby, meet my spirit animal, the freshly moulted female Atlantic horseshoe crab! Must be nice to slip out of your old skin as a squishy pile of soft tissue. #happyhumpday #horseshoecrab #crab #notarealcrab #feelingcrabby #crabbypatty #arthropod #ancient #blueblood #facehuggers #soamazing #myspiritanimal #lifesavers #newoutfit #otd #aquarium #workflow 2mon

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cinnamonhellen #Nofilter mirror mirror on the wall, who is the best park of them all? Killarney of course! Favourite unofficial canoe route + site. #killarney #KPP #canoe #canoetrip #camping #canada #ontario #nature #mirror #lake #deadlake #fall #fallcolors #bluesky #adventure #wilderness #noshowers #workhardplayharder 2mon

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cinnamonhellen Incase you were wondering...this is where I've been the last 11 days. Canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park #portage #canoe #wilderness #camping #noluxury #hardcore #prospector #killarney #KPP #lakes #ontario #parks #glass #fall #fallcolors #trees #leaves #lacouche #moutains #quartzite #happythanksgiving #canada 2mon
  •   rayzorromance Killarney is amazing! I hope you went to the town of Killarney and bought some fresh Georgian bay fish! 2mon
  •   cinnamonhellen @rayzorromance we did go into town, but everything was closed at 6pm :( so we got some food from the only open restaurant, got a fish burger. Next year it'll be Herbert's fisheries! 2mon
  •   rayzorromance I think by next year they plan to have the chip truck into a restaurant! I haven't been in a couple years, but my parents were there last month. 2mon
  •   cinnamonhellen @rayzorromance yes there's a fancy new restaurant next to the truck, looks like it'll spiffy next year! 2mon

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cinnamonhellen Articulated platypus specimen - part of the Hands-On Learning Gallery collections #atROM. Platys are one of the few mammals that are venomous. Males have a set of spurs that secrete venom during breeding season. They are also monotremes aka egg laying mammals, this includes only 4 other species of echidnas all endemic to Australia and New Guinea. #platypus #platy #perrytheplatypus #echidnas #NewGuinea #papuanewguinea #landofOZ #australia #aussy #articulated #skeleton #bones #monotremes #mammal #eggs #egglaying #mount #specimen #rom #nature #duckbilled #duckface 3mon

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  •   brittondiaries Yup I now know where I know you from 3mon
  •   brittondiaries Okay that was a super cryptic comment but we met today at the discovery gallery and had a moment of "I know you... Right?" 3mon
  •   cinnamonhellen @brittondiaries oh my god yes! Hahaha! That's amazing, what a small world :) 3mon

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cinnamonhellen Early morning museum 'tings' #romtoronto. New oak floors highlight the continuity of this building's history. Previous floors were old enough to be your grandad #oldthings #museum #tings #oak #oakfloors #currelly #lobby #oldentrance #over80 #1930s #blackandwhite #toronto #to #history #building 3mon

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cinnamonhellen Our resident camp gray jay at Piskwamish! Taking food from my hat. They will cache hundreds of food items for later use, allowing them to range far into the great white North. Photo credit to Jean Iron. #FieldWorkFriday #deceptivelycute #birdonmyhead #grayjay #greyjay #birds #fieldwork #jamesbay #subarctic #fieldcrew #nature #forest #research #camping #birdonhead 3mon

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cinnamonhellen Meet the Little Penguin, it's as tall as your average school ruler (33cm)! They are the smallest of the 17 species, AND the only blue and white penguins in the world. #notuxedo Breeding in Australia & New Zealand. #FunFact: Philip Island researchers found an annual divorce rate b/w 18 - 50% amongst little penguins. Like some of is, they also have commitment issues... #penguinfoundation #workflow #penguins #littlepenguin #blueandwhite #landofoz #aussy #australia #newzealand #NZ #OZ #downunder #taxidermy #museum #ornithology #birds #shortguy #cutie #atROM #curatorial 3mon

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