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: Video
Museum Diaries

This episode of Museum Diaries, airing on TVO, follows the ROM's curators and technicians from the World Cultures department as they constantly research the pedigree of every piece that is presented in the ROM. MD bears witness to the techniques that a select group Conservators and Technicians use to reveal the authenticity of artifacts. While some fakes are easy to detect, others have been masterfully disguised that they've become iconic in their own fake right.

Category: Video
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This episode of Museum Diaries, airing on TVO March 11 at 7:30 pm, follows a group of Curators as they use DNA research to discover ground breaking results. Oliver Haddrath, research technician at the ROM's Ornithology Department, reveals his current research and testing using DNA to study large flightless birds and how this information is being used by the New Zealand government to save their endangered Kiwi birds.

Category: Blog Post
A new fossil arthropod from Marble Canyon (Kootenay National Park)

Today we are proud to report the extraordinary discovery of a new fossil deposit in Kootenay National Park.