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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Life reconstruction of Wendiceratops pinhornenis. Credit: Danielle Dufault.

Delve into the world of high-tech laboratories and fascinating field research. Visit working labs, conduct your own scientific studies, and head outdoors on collecting expeditions. Get hands-on experience with the current tools and technologies used in the fields of anthropology, palaeontology, conservation biology, botany, and zoology. The sky is the limit as you consider future discoveries in these exciting fields.

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© Andrey Gudkov (Russia) Komodo Judo

Across cultures and throughout history, the natural world has been a source of endless artistic inspiration. Visit the ROM’s Asian, Egyptian, European, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and First Peoples galleries to discover how nature features in the art of these very different cultures.

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When you use the Museum as a classroom, amazing things can happen! Here a camp group learns about Barosaurus!

From the origins of life, to the first flight of dinosaurs, to the rise of humans, palaeontology covers a vast amount of awe-inspiring science and history.  Explore our world class collection of fossils spanning hundreds of millions of years, learn about the ROM's cutting edge research on prehistoric life and discover how palaeontologists preserve, piece together, and study their finds. How did life begin? Are dinosaurs truly extinct?