ROM Fossils & Evolution

By discovering, preserving and studying fossils from around the world, ROM palaeontologists learn how life evolved over time. The more we learn about this deep evolutionary heritage, the more we can appreciate how humans form part of the Earth’s complex fabric of life. ROM research also enables us to reconstruct past ecosystems and large-scale patterns of biodiversity through deep history. This understanding of how ancient organisms both large and small responded to biological and environmental changes contributes to our understanding of climate change and biodiversity loss today.

M.A. Fritz Travel Grant: Two awards will be offered annually to help offset the costs of visiting and studying ROM paleontology collections.

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From trilobites (pictured), to dinosaurs, to ice age mammals, learn all things palaeo in Palaeoquest!

From the origins of life, to the first flight of dinosaurs, to the rise of humans, palaeontology covers a vast amount of awe-inspiring science and history.  Explore our world class collection of fossils spanning hundreds of millions of years, learn about the ROM's cutting edge research on prehistoric life and discover how palaeontologists preserve, piece together, and study their finds. How did life begin? Are dinosaurs truly extinct? Can Ice Age beasts be brought back to life?

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ROMKids instructor and palaeontologist Toni Davis talk about Oviraptor to her campers in the Dinosaur Gallery.

Calling all dinosaur hunters! Hear stories of incredible dinosaur finds, handle real fossils, learn casting techniques, and recreate your own prehistoric environment. Gain a palaeontologist’s perspective on dinosaur diversity as you sharpen your expertise on the mighty monsters of the Mesozoic.

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Amna teaches her students about Tyrannosaurus rex in the Dinosaur Gallery.

Flex your artistic muscle while boning up on your dinosaur anatomy. Examine real fossils and casts to learn about dinosaur skeletal structure, musculature and skin details. Use a palaeontologist’s tool kit to make discoveries about dino diet, hunting, and parenting techniques. Have a Jurassic amount of fun sketching, painting, and sculpting your way towards the creation of a single elaborate dinosaur model.