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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Buzz around the Museum in Science Safari!

Go wild as you investigate the puzzling properties of water, the gravity defying fancies of flight, or the many special ways animals sense their surroundings. Try experiments, create you own gallery-inspired art, and go on a Science Safari of the ROM.

Note: Child must be 4 years old on the first day of camp to register.

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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?

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Learn the ins and outs of mummification, sniff smelly minerals, learn how volcanos explode and meet a creepy crawler all while having gross amounts of fun!

Are you ready for 8 Saturdays full of ooey, gooey, icky, sticky, slimy, smelly and awe-inspiring adventures? Try your hand at creepy crafts, revolting recipes and squishy science experiments. You’ll learn the ins and outs of mummification, sniff smelly minerals, learn how volcanos explode and meet a creepy crawler all while having gross amounts of fun! Get ready to discover amazing facts from history and nature that are guaranteed to make your skin crawl!