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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Sterley pallasite meteorite. Learn about space rocks and more in Science Sleuths!

Have you ever wanted to be a scientist and solve the mysteries of everyday life? Well here’s your chance! Conduct simple experiments to find out why the sky is blue, why leaves change colour in the fall, and what paper airplane design flies the farthest. Your investigations will take you from the microscopic level of the cell to the cosmic level of the stars in a mini-planetarium.

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Join our party of junior palaeontologists and safari back to the age of giant reptiles to track down our fabulous collection of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex!

Join our party of junior palaeontologists and safari back to the age of giant reptiles to track down our fabulous collection of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex! Construct a flying Pterosaur, dig for Hadrosaur bones and reconstruct a dino-habitat. From lumbering long-necked titans to speedy carnivores, you’ll sharpen your expertise on these Mesozoic monsters.

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Dig for dinosaurs in ROM ROMps!

Join us on a romp around the ROM as we explore the fun and fantastic galleries the Museum has to offer. Dig for dinos, explore ancient Egypt, and mingle in the Ming tomb. Have fun in a different gallery every day, hear about the adventures of Kings, Queens, and Critters, and create amazing art projects to take home to remind you of your own ROM romp!