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

12.1.2021

Special arrangements and new guidelines for people visiting Luomus. The Natural History Museum and the glasshouses in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden are closed 1.12.2020–31.1.2021.  (updated 7.1.2021) 

SYNTHESYS funding available to visit LUOMUS collections

11.1.2019

Do you need to visit our collections? LUOMUS is part of European-wide SYNTHESYS+ access programme and we could provide funding for your visit to Helsinki. Call 2 of SYNTHESYS+ Transnational Access is open 13 January 2020 - 26 March 2020.

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.

Aino Juslén elected as vice-chair of DiSSCo General Assembly

6.3.2020

The Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) is a new world-class Research Infrastructure (RI) for natural science collections. Dr.

Scientists warn humanity about worldwide insect decline, and suggest ways to recognise and avert its consequences

8.2.2020

Insect declines and extinctions are accelerating in many parts of the world. With this comes the disappearance of irreplaceable services to humans, the consequences of which are unpredictable. A group of scientists from across the globe has united to warn humanity of such dangers.

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