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.

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This year will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The year 2017 will be one of reflection and celebration of Canada’s rich cultural, linguistic, geographic- and geological- diversity.

Category: Blog Post
These rock layers near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, hold Canada’s oldest dinosaurs. They are near the boundary of two chapters of geologic time – the Triassic and Jurassic Periods of the Mesozoic Era. (Photo by Victoria Arbour)

By Dr. Victoria Arbour, ROM Postdoctoral Researcher


Category: Blog Post
Student holding shale slabs with fossils.

My name is Joe Moysiuk, I am a 20-year-old undergraduate student at the University of Toronto enrolled in both the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth Sciences. I am excited to announce that a research paper which I am lead author of, titled Hyoliths are Palaeozoic lophophorates, has recently been published by the journal Nature This paper was based primarily on newly discovered fossils...