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

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A group of campers meets with Danielle Dufault, palaeo illustrator at the Museum.

Delve into the world of high-tech laboratories and fascinating field research. Visit working labs, conduct your own scientific studies, and head outdoors on collecting expeditions. Get hands-on experience with the current tools and technologies used in the fields of anthropology, palaeontology, conservation biology, botany, and zoology. The sky is the limit as you consider future discoveries in these exciting fields.

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A group of campers learn about marine wildlife through our salt water coral reef.

Have you ever wanted to be a scientist and solve the mysteries of everyday life? Well here’s your chance! Conduct simple experiments to find out why the sky is blue, why leaves change colour in the fall, and what paper airplane design flies the farthest. Your investigations will take you from the microscopic level of the cell to the cosmic level of the stars in a mini-planetarium.

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ROM Speaks Nature

Dawn of Life Lecture Series
Science meets art in this unique pairing of ROM Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology Jean-Bernard Caron, and digital animator Lars Fields, as these two experts take us through the process of...