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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The new Burgess Shale website launches December 1, 2011 at http://burgess-shale.rom.on.ca.

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Watch how the team at Research Casting International makes a dinosaur! You can see their handiwork in Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana, presented by investment dealer Raymond James Ltd. This time-limited exhibition opens on June 23, 2012.

Created by Amanda Fruci.

Category: Video

Associate Curator Jean-Bernard Caron takes us behind-the-scenes for a brief peak at the collection storage for the Burgess Shale fossils.