Fossils & Evolution

Monthly Archive: December Foss

True Blue Detectives

Posted: September 4, 2017 - 12:22 , by Stacey Kerr
ROM technician Oliver Haddrath extracting a DNA sample from blue whale tissue. Photo by Connor McDowell

Guest blog written by 2017 Environmental Visual Communication student Connor McDowell

The Royal Ontario Museum has marked yet another first for science with the Blue Whale Project. This achievement could hold keys to the conservation of this majestic, endangered mammal – not to mention a deeper understanding of the unique evolutionary history of the largest living animal on Earth. The beginning of this story starts two thousand kilometers away, on the shores of Newfoundland, Canada with something so small that you can't see it with the naked eye.

Hippos and Whales: Unlikely Cousins

Posted: August 24, 2017 - 13:32 , by Stacey Kerr
Whales and hippos share a common ancestor. Photo by: http://www.statedclearly.com/

Guest blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Natasha Hirt

What do hippos and whales have in common? A tonne. It may seem surprising that hippos are the closest living relative to whales. At the ROM's Blue Whale Exhibition, visitors can explore what whales and other marine mammals looked like over 50 million years ago. 

T. rex vs. Pan Am Athletes: Who Would Win a Race?

Posted: July 16, 2015 - 12:51 , by Stacey Kerr
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A stage performance with images of Toronto in the background for the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto

Guest blog post by Environmental Visual Communication Student Lisa Milavic

Do you think you could out-run a Tyrannosaurus rex? What about the athletes in the 2015 Pan Am Games?

Photography in the Field: equal parts business & pleasure

Posted: November 19, 2014 - 09:10 , by Aaron Phillips
A large white bird (a giant petrel) comes in for a landing on a rough, rocky ridge; another such bird sits nearby.

Guest blogger Thomas Cullen shares his thoughts on photography in the field.

Game Jam 2014 - A Revolutionary Success

Posted: August 19, 2014 - 13:41 , by Stacey Kerr
A group photo of all 2014 ROM Game Jam participants in front of a dinosaur skeleton

The 2014 ROM Game Jam, "The Evolution Revolution" took place over the weekend of August 8-10 and was a huge success! Check out some photos and a featured video about the event and some of the awesome game concepts that came out of this convergence of creative energy.

Gamers Unite for ROM Game Jam 2014

Posted: August 5, 2014 - 12:06 , by Stacey Kerr
Logo of the 2014 ROM Game Jam with the theme "The Evolution Revolution"

The second annual ROM Game Jam will begin this Friday, August 8th, bringing together gaming enthusiasts and game developers to work together to create interactive games inspired by the unique setting of the ROM. This year's theme is "The Evolution Revolution".

A SILURIAN “SHARK” TALE

Posted: August 5, 2014 - 11:17 , by David Rudkin
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Illustration of Acanthodian

Triceratops Dig Week 2: June 20 - June 27

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 16:14 , by David Evans
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ROM Palaeo team working in the Triceratops quarry.

@ROMPalaeo Triceratops Dig Week 2: June 20-June 27

ROM Ideas: Fossils & Evolution

Posted: April 30, 2014 - 10:25 , by Amanda Girgis

Join ROM Fossils & Evolution this Sunday May 4th as they unearth their discoveries, and highlight the treasures within our collections. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll hear at ROM Ideas.

Mighty Burgess Shale fossil site discovered in Kootenay National Park

Posted: February 11, 2014 - 07:35 , by Jean-Bernard Caron
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A new fossil arthropod from Marble Canyon (Kootenay National Park)

Today we are proud to report the extraordinary discovery of a new fossil deposit in Kootenay National Park.