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

Join John Holmes as he reveals how Darwin's reading of John Milton's Paradise Lost on his famous voyage aboard the HMS Beagle shaped his vision of the natural world, and how poetry written under Darwin's star can help us understand what it means to live as a part of the world he discovered.

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.