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: Exhibition

One hundred years ago a discovery was made that drastically changed our view of the history of life on Earth. The ROM presents A Fossil Paradise: The Discovery of the Burgess Shale by Charles D. Walcott explores the Burgess Shale’s early excavations, including vintage panoramic photos, site artifacts and a profile of the man who made the great discovery as told by his personal field notes and letters.

Category: Video

The new animated movie Ice Age: Continental Drift will be in Cineplex theatres in 3D on July 13, and to find out what continental drift is all about and how it contributed to the evolution of an incredible array of dinosaurs, the Cineplex Pre-Show team interviewed David Evans, Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology for the Royal Ontario Museum.

Category: Video

See how palaeontologists find dinosaurs, by following Dr. David Evans as he combs the badlands of southern Alberta for fossils. You'll learn how old photos are used to find quarries from decades past, what dinosaur bone looks like on the surface, and more.