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.

What's New

Category: Event

There's something strange in the neighbourhood - a brand new dinosaur named by ROM palaeontologists!  Find out what makes this unusual dinosaur so special!

Category: Blog Post
Illustration of a worm

New species of fossil worm with a big bite, discovered in the Burgess Shale.

Category: Blog Post
Photo of two people looking at a big block containing rock and a dinosaur fossil

Team Zuul had a chance to go check out progress on the belly block at Research Casting International a few weeks ago.