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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Learn the ins and outs of mummification, sniff smelly minerals, learn how volcanos explode and meet a creepy crawler all while having gross amounts of fun!

Are you ready for 8 Saturdays full of ooey, gooey, icky, sticky, slimy, smelly and awe-inspiring adventures? Try your hand at creepy crafts, revolting recipes and squishy science experiments. You’ll learn the ins and outs of mummification, sniff smelly minerals, learn how volcanos explode and meet a creepy crawler all while having gross amounts of fun! Get ready to discover amazing facts from history and nature that are guaranteed to make your skin crawl! 

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Gain a palaeontologist’s perspective on dinosaur diversity as you sharpen your expertise on the mighty monsters of the Mesozoic.

Calling all dinosaur hunters! Hear stories of incredible dinosaur finds, handle real fossils, learn casting techniques, and recreate your own prehistoric environment. Gain a palaeontologist’s perspective on dinosaur diversity as you sharpen your expertise on the mighty monsters of the Mesozoic.

Meet the Instructor: Bethany Kempster

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ROM Speaks Nature

Dawn of Life Lecture Series
Science meets art in this unique pairing of ROM Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology Jean-Bernard Caron, and digital animator Lars Fields, as these two experts take us through the process of...