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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Join our party of junior palaeontologists and safari back to the age of giant reptiles to track down our fabulous collection of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex! Construct a flying Pterosaur, dig for Hadrosaur bones and reconstruct a dino-habitat. From lumbering long-necked titans to speedy carnivores, you’ll sharpen your expertise on these Mesozoic monsters.

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Go back in time and get to know extinct animals like the massive mastodon and mighty T. rex. From what they ate to how they moved, there’s a lot to learn about our new friends. We’ll dig for fossils, walk like a dinosaur and recreate a habitat fit for our prehistoric pals.

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

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Join John Holmes as he reveals how Darwin's reading of John Milton's Paradise Lost on his famous voyage aboard the HMS Beagle shaped his vision of the natural world, and how poetry written under Darwin's star can help us understand what it means to live as a part of the world he discovered.