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
ROM Speaks Nature

Dawn of Life Lecture Series
Join Marc Laflamme of the University of Toronto as he explores the dawn of life on Earth through a Canadian lens in this richly illustrated talk.

Category: Event
ROM Speaks Nature

Dawn of Life Lecture Series
How can the study of evolution help humanity unravel our place in the cosmos? Delve into the universe’s big questions with palaeontologist Simon Conway Morris of Cambridge University and Fellow of the Royal Society.

Category: Blog Post
Cretaceous Bird-Like Dinosaurs

Living birds may have their ancestors' beaks to thank for surviving the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.  New research indicates the closest relatives of modern birds, the small feathered raptor dinosaurs and primitive toothed birds, went extinct abruptly at the end of the Cretaceous Period, and that beaked birds may have benefitted because of their ability to eat seeds.