LUOMUS

Finnish Museum of Natural History

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Latest news from The Finnish museum of natural history

The effects of the coronavirus situation at the Luomus public attractions

24.3.2021

Special arrangements and new guidelines for people visiting Luomus. The Natural History Museum and the glasshouses in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden are open. The outdoor garden in Kaisaniemi  and Kumpula Botanic Garden are open normally (updated 9.9..2021).

SYNTHESYS+ funding available to visit LUOMUS collections

23.3.2021

LUOMUS is one of the SYNTHESYS+ organisations and we invite scientists not based in Finland to visit our collections. SYNTHESYS+ Transnational Access call 3, deadline 16 April 2021 (17:00 UK time)

Finnish biod­iversity in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment in­spires glob­ally

26.5.2021

The Finnish solution to include all types of biodiversity data and the whole data life cycle, from collection to use, in the same data infrastructure is unique.

Four lichen species new to science discovered in Kenyan cloud forests

17.3.2021

Some of the newly described lichen species from the Micarea genus may be unique to the biodiversity hotspot that is the Taita Hills in Kenya. The area may contain even more lichen species yet to be discovered.

Vieraslajit.fi, the primary channel for information on invasive alien species, has been renewed

22.1.2021

Data on invasive alien species is more easily and comprehensively available on the updated vieraslajit.fi website. Content providers in the data service, maintained by the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) and edited by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Strangers in the night – A new spe­cies of mam­mal may have been found in Africa’s mont­ane forests

22.12.2020

A research team from the University of Helsinki has discovered a tree hyrax in the Taita Hills, Kenya, which may belong to a species previously unknown to science.

“Crad­le of Man­kind” – can you help to transc­ri­be African ver­tebra­te fos­sil speci­men cards into a da­ta­ba­se?

18.11.2020

A Memorandum of Understanding has been established between the National Museums of Kenya and the Finnish Museum of Natural History (Luomus). This co-operation between the institutions has enabled a project of entering fossil specimen data into a collection management system.

What kinds of birds do you find especially amazing? Let us know, and take part in a citizen science project

6.11.2020

A new project by the Finnish Natural History Museum at the University of Helsinki lets you rate bird species by their appearance. Try the online app and tell us which birds you find the most beautiful.

The wild­life trade en­com­passes all ma­jor branches of the biological tree of life – but still largely re­mains a mys­tery

25.5.2020

The wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar industry that threatens biodiversity. Exploiting wildlife by selling it, their parts or their products is one of the most profitable activities in the world.

Di­verse live­li­hoods helped re­si­li­ent Levän­luhta people sur­vive a cli­mate dis­as­ter

27.4.2020

A multidisciplinary research group coordinated by the University of Helsinki dated the bones of dozens of Iron Age residents of the Levänluhta site in Finland, and studied the carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios.

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