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Text: Collections are the heart of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Photo: Scott Ercit in the field.
Text: Collections are the heart of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Photo: Scott Ercit in the field.
Text: Collections are the heart of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Photo: Scott Ercit in the field.

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A new horned dinosaur!
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Skull of Vagaceratops irvinensis CMNFV41357.

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Scientists at Nature discover an important elbaite deposit.
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A specimen of elbaite.


Baseball cards, toy trains, coins, butterflies... you name it, people collect it. People truly love to collect things, learn more about what they collect, and talk about it all.

So do we. Collections are the heart of the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Bob Anderson and a specimen of burying beetle, Nicrophorus sayi.

Bob Anderson and one of his burying beetles.

Nature's scientists are passionate about their studies, and why not? Collections help them to learn more about the complexities and wonders of the natural world. And their learning adds to what we know about the Earth.

Like any proud collectors, Nature's researchers and collectors have their favourites among our more than 10 million specimens. Find out

  • why a particular specimen is amazing
  • all about its name
  • where it's found
  • whether you could collect something like it
  • how it fits into Nature
  • where you can learn more.

Which will be your favourite?

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