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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Hugh Brewster, author of Breakout Dinosaurs: Canada's Coolest, Scariest Ancient Creatures -- Return!, reveals some of his favourite dinosaurs. His ninth children's book, created with ROM curators, is filled with fascinating facts and captivating images.

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A study by Martin Smith of the University of Toronto and Jean-Bernard Caron of the Royal Ontario Museum sheds new light on a previously unclassifiable 500 million-year-old squid-like carnivore known as Nectocaris pteryx. The new interpretation became possible with the discovery of 91 new fossils that were collected from the Burgess Shale site in the UNESCO World Heritage Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, BC.

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Explore the badlands of southern Alberta with Dr. David Evans and his team, as they take time out from hunting dinosaurs to show you the amazing beauty and diversity of plant and animal life in this arid environment.

It's harsh and unforgiving, and the reminders of mortality are all around, thanks to the bleaching skulls and bones of animals that met their end here.