About the video:

This episode of "Museum Diaries" follows a group of Curators as they use DNA research to discover ground-breaking results. Oliver Haddrath, research technician at the ROM's Ornithology Department, reveals his current research and testing using DNA to study large flightless birds and how this information is being used by the New Zealand government to save their endangered Kiwi birds. "Museum Diaries" will also follow Oliver as he conducts tests for the ROM's archaeology department to establish if skulls found in Peruvian tombs from 600 AD are related or not.

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Published on: March 12, 2014 | 
Length: 24:00 | 
Views: 1090
 |  This video is available until: February 24, 2020

Museum Diaries

Enigmatic and enthusiastic specialists in their fields lead curious viewers behind-the-scenes of the venerable Royal Ontario Museum and on the daily adventures of its curators, technicians and investigators. "Museum Diaries" invites viewers behind the displays, into the bowels of the museum and out into the field. Through first-hand accounts of the dedicated curators and technicians, we explore natural history, science, art and culture. As each curator leads us on a journey of exploration, we learn about their personal passion for their field of research, bear witness to the logistical and technological limitations which frustrate them and experience the triumph and euphoria of their breakthroughs and discoveries - as together, they forge the modern-day diaries of the Royal Ontario Museum.