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 Lecture Series

Birds are the living descendants of dinosaurs. Their DNA, comprised of over 1 billion DNA letters and thousands of genes, bears traces of their dinosaur ancestry. From T. rex to hummingbirds, join Harvard`s Scott V. Edwards as he explores how modern genomics are revealing how these fascinating creatures have evolved over tens of millions of years.

Category: Exhibition
Dunkleosteus intermedius

A display of spectacular pieces in anticipation of the new Dawn of Life gallery.

Category: Blog Post
Plesiosaur vertbra

The ROM's August ID clinic had a steady flow of visitors up to the museum closing at 5:30pm.