Media Type: Podcast

The Record of Nature Through Countless Ages Celebrating 100 Years of Invertebrate Palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum

Added: July 9, 2014 - 13:28

Contexts: Lectures at the ROM

Dave Rudkin, Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology

Revealing the deep history of life on Earth was one of five key themes enshrined in the original mandate of the Royal Ontario Museum. Officially enacted on April 3, 1913, the Museum of Palaeontology, under the direction of Dr. W. A. Parks, joined the disciplines of Archaeology, Geology, Mineralogy, and Zoology in the common purpose of providing “… a home for culture and science under the same academical roof …” 


In the ensuing 100 years, palaeontology at the ROM has come to be synonymous, at least in popular view, with dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals. And why not? Fossil remains of these impressive vertebrate animals have enormous public appeal! But there is far, far more to the science of palaeontology than bones and teeth, and this talk will focus mostly on ROM palaeontologists who have made important and lasting contributions to our knowledge of a wide range of non-vertebrate fossils. We will also look at the enduring legacy of Sir Edmund Walker, Canadian banker extraordinaire, ROM founding father, and accomplished amateur palaeontologist.  

Event held on June 25, 2014

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