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.

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ROM Speaks Nature

Spanning over four billion years, the history of life on Earth is fascinating and complex. From the Burgess Shale to Mistaken Point, life has evolved, diversified, and survived, leaving a trail of fossils and evidence in its tracks. Navigate the big questions and make sense of the important answers as the ROM takes you on a journey to the dawn of life.

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My name is Karma Nanglu and I’m a PhD student at the University of Toronto, but on a day-to-day basis I do my research at the Royal Ontario Museum.