David C. Evans

Dr. David C. Evans

David C. Evans

James and Louise Temerty Endowed Chair of Vertebrate Palaeontology (Dinosaurs)

Area: Natural History, Fossils & Evolution

Exhibitions & Galleries: Temerty Gallery of the Age of Dinosaurs


B.Sc., Integrated Sciences Program, University of British Columbia, 2003
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, 2007

David Evans is a Curator in Vertebrate Palaeontology and oversees dinosaur research at the ROM. He is also a cross-appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto.

David was born in Ontario and grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia. He first laid eyes on dinosaur skeletons in the galleries of the ROM and has been fascinated with dinosaurs and palaeontology ever since. As an undergraduate student David spent several summers working as a field technician for the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, where he studied the duck-billed dinosaur Corythosaurus for his undergraduate thesis. David’s doctoral dissertation focused on skull growth and evolution in crested hadrosaurs, with an emphasis on the striking diversity of these animals from Alberta, Canada. Since the ROM has one of the best collections of these dinosaurs in the world, it was natural that David chose to do his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

David's research has led to publications on systematics and evolution of dinosaurs, functional morphology, and phylogenetic methods and theory. His research program at the ROM focuses on the evolution, historical biogeography, and palaeobiology of dinosaurs and their role in Late Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems. His aim is to clarify the evolutionary relationships and diversity of dinosaurs, and to evaluate patterns of their evolution and biogeography as they relate to environmental changes leading up to the end Cretaceous extinction event. David is also known for his re-discovery of a giant Barosaurus skeleton within the museum’s own collection, which became the centre-piece of the Temerty Gallery of the Age of Dinosaurs in 2007. He is also the Lead Curator of the ROM's major travelling exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana.

Because new fossil discoveries have the potential to change our perception of the history of life, David is also active in the field searching for and collecting dinosaurs and other vertebrate fossils. He has organized and led fieldwork to the Sahara Desert, Mongolia, South Africa, Alberta, and the Canadian arctic. Current fieldwork includes a systematic survey of the Milk River region of southern Alberta, which is part of a multi-year collaborative field research project organized and initiated with colleagues from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Royal Tyrrell Museum, as well as exciting field exploration of the Sahara desert in northern Sudan. These projects have the potential to reveal new dinosaur species and to contribute to our knowledge of a poorly known aspects of Late Cretaceous dinosaur evolution.

Latest Dinosaur Discoveries

        Acheroraptor temertyorum (Dromaeosauridae)

            Evans, Currie and Larson 2013. Learn more here.

        Acrotholus audeti (Pachycephalosauridae)

            Evans, Schott, Larson, Brown, and Ryan 2013. Learn more here.

        Albertadromeus syntarsus (Ornithopoda)

             Brown, Evans, Ryan, and Russell 2013. Learn more here.

        Unescoceratops koppelhusi (Ceratopsia)

              Ryan, Evans, Currie, Brown, and Brinkman 2012. Learn more here.

        Gryphoceratops morrisoni (Ceratopsia)

             Ryan, Evans, Currie, Brown, and Brinkman 2012. Learn more here.

        Xenoceratops foremostensis (Ceratopsia)

             Ryan, Evans, and Shepherd 2012. Learn more here.

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Recent Scientific Publications

Complete list of publications and asscoaited citation information available from Google Scholar Citations here.



  1. Benson R. B. J., N. E. Campione, M. T. Carrano, P. D. Mannion, C. Sullivan, P. Upchurch, and D. C. Evans. 2014. Rates of dinosaur body mass evolution indicate 170 million years of sustained ecological innovation on the avian stem lineage, PLOS Biology 12(5): e1001853.


  1. Evans, D. C.,  D. Larson, and P. J. Currie. 2013. A new dromaeosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) with Asian Affinities from the latest Cretaceous of North America. Naturwissenschaften 100 (11): 1041-1049. Available online here.
  2. Maddin, H. C., N. B. Frobisch, D. C. Evans, and A. R. Milner. 2013. Reappraisal of the Early Permian amphibamid Tersomius texensis and some referred material. Comptes Rendus Palevol.
  3. Evans, D. C., T. E. Williamson, M. Loewen and J. Kirkland. 2013.  20. Review of pachycephalosaurian dinosaurs from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. pp. 482-487. In At the top of Grand Staircase: The Late Cretaceous of southern Utah (A. Titus and M. A. Loewen, eds), Indiana University Press, Bloomington.
  4. Gates, T., E. Lund, C. Boyd, D. D. DeBlieux, A. Titus, D. C. Evans, M. Getty, J. I. Kirkland and J. Eaton. 2013. 19. Ornithopod dinosaurs from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah and their role in paleobiogeographic and macroevolutionary studies. pp. 463-481. In At the top of Grand Staircase: The Late Cretaceous of southern Utah (A. Titus and M. A. Loewen, eds), Indiana University Press, Bloomington.
  5. Evans, D. C., R. Schott, D. Larson, C. M. Brown, and M. J. Ryan. 2013. The oldest North American pachycephalosaurid and the hidden diversity of small-bodied ornithischian dinosaurs. Nature Communications 4:1828. doi:10.1038/ncomms2749
  6. Mallon, J. C., D. C. Evans, M. J. Ryan, and J. S. Anderson. 2013. Feeding height stratification among the herbivorous dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada. BMC Ecology 2013, 13:14  doi:10.1186/1472-6785-13-14
  7. McGarrity, C. T., N. E. Campione, and D. C. Evans. 2013. Cranial anatomy and variation in Prosaurolophus maximus (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 167(4): 531-568. Available here.
  8. Brown, C. M., D. C. Evans,  M. J. Ryan, and A. P. Russell. 2013. New data on the diversity and abundance of small-bodied ornithopods (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Belly River Group (Campanian) of Alberta. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(3):1–26. [Feature Article]. Available for free download here.
  9. Eberth, D. A., D. C. Evans, D. Brinkman, F. Therrien, D. H. Tanke, and L. Russell. 2013.  Dinosaur Biostratigraphy of the Edmonton Group (Upper Cretaceous), Alberta, Canada: Evidence for Climate Influence. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 50(7): 701-726. Doi: 10.1139/cjes-2012-0185
  10. Brown, C. M., D. C. Evans, N. E. Campione, L. J. O’Brien, and D. A. Eberth (In press, available online). Evidence for Taphonomic Size Bias in a Model Mesozoic Terrestrial Alluvial-Paralic System. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 372:108–122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.06.027
  11. Campione, N. E., K. Brink, E. Freedman, C. T. McGarrity, and D. C. Evans. 2013. ‘Glishades ericksoni‘, an indeterminate juvenile hadrosaurid from the Two Medicine Formation of Montana: implications for hadrosauroid diversity in the latest Cretaceous (Campanian-Maastrichtian) of western North America. Paleodiversity and Paleoenvironments 93(1):65-75. DOI 10.1007/s12549-012-0097-1
  12. Brown, C. M., H. Giacomini, N. E. Campione, L. O’Brien, M. Vavrek, and D. C. Evans. 2013. Ecological modelling, size distributions, and taphonomic size bias in dinosaur faunas: a comment on Codron et al., 2012. Biology Letters 9 (1): 20120582. Available here.


  1. Ryan, M. J., D. C. Evans, and K. Shepherd. 2012. A new ceratopsid from the Foremost Formation (middle Campanian), Alberta. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 49: 1251–1262. Available here.
  2. Larson, D. W., N. R. Longrich, D. C. Evans, M. J. Ryan 2012.  A new species of Neurankylus from the Milk River Formation (Cretaceous: Santonian) and a revision of N. eximius. Pp. 389-405 In: Morphology and Evolution of Turtles. Springer-Vrlag, Berlin.
  3. Campione, N. E., and D. C. Evans. 2012. A universal scaling relationship between body mass and proximal limb bone dimensions in quadrupedal terrestrial tetrapods. BMC Biology 10:60  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-10-60 (free online access)
  4. Mallon, J. C., D. C. Evans, M. J. Ryan, and J. S. Anderson. 2012. Megaherbivorous dinosaur turnover in the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 350-352: 124-138http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.06.027,
  5. Brink, K. J. Hawthorn, and D. C. Evans. (in press). New Occurrences Of Ichniotherium And Striatichnium From The Early Permian Kildare Capes Formation, Prince Edward Island, Canada: Palaeoenvironmental and Biostratigraphic Implications. Paleontology. (PALA-09-11-3226-OA) doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01178.x (available online)
  6. Schott, R. K. and D. C. Evans. 2012. Squamosal ontogeny and variation in the pachycephalosaurian dinosaur Stegoceras validum from the Dinosaur Park Formation, Alberta. Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 32(4):903-913.
  7. Vavrek, M. J., D. C. Evans, D. R. Braman, N. E. Campione, and G. D. Zazula. 2012. A Paleogene flora from the upper Bonnet Plume Formation of northeast Yukon Territory, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 49:(3) 547-558. doi 10.1139/e11-073
  8. Folinsbee, K. E.and D. C. Evans. 2012. A protocol for temporally calibrating General Area Cladograms. Journal of Biogeography 39(4):688–697. Available (subscription) here.
  9. Ryan, M. J., D. C. Evans, P. J. Currie, C. M. Brown, and D. Brinkman. 2012.  New leptoceratopsids from the Upper Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada. Cretaceous Research 35: 69-80. Available (subscription) here.
  10. Evans, D. C., M. J. Vavrek, D. R. Braman, N. E. Campione, T. A. Dececchi, and G. D. Zazula. 2012. Vertebrate Fossils (Dinosauria) from the Bonnet Plume Formation, Yukon Territory, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences: 49:(2) 396-411. 10.1139/e11-064
  11. Reisz, R. R., D. C. Evans, E. M. Roberts, H. -D. Sues, and A. M. Yates. 2012. Oldest known dinosaurian nesting site and reproductive biology of the Early Jurassic sauropodomorph Massospondylus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (7): 2428-2433. Early Edition, Jan. 23, 2012.
  12. Evans, D. C., Barrett, P. M, and Seymour, K. S. 2012. Revised identification of a reported Iguanodon-grade ornithopod tooth from the Scollard Formation, Alberta, Canada. Cretaceous Research 33 (1): 11-14.


  1. Campione, N. E., and D. C. Evans. 2011. Cranial growth and variation in edmontosaurs (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae): Implications for latest Cretaceous megaherbivore diversity in North America. PLoS ONE 6(9): e25186. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025186
  2. Schott, R. K., D. C. Evans, M. B. Goodwin, C. M. Brown, J. R. Horner, and N. R. Longrich. 2011. Cranial ontogeny in Stegoceras validum (Dinosauria: Pachycephalosauria): a quantitative model of pachycephalosaur dome growth and variation. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21092. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021092
  3. Evans, D. C., C. M. Brown, and M. J. Ryan and K. Tsogtbaatar.  2011. Cranial ornamentation and ontogenetic status of Homalocephale calathoceras (Ornithischia: Pachycephalosauria) from the Nemegt Formation, Mongolia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(1): 84-92
  4. Brink, K. S., D. K. Zelenitsky, D. C. Evans, F. Therrien, J. R. Horner. 2011. A sub-adult skull of Hypacrosaurus stebingeri (Ornithischia: Lambeosaurinae): Anatomy and Comparison. Historical Biology 23(1):63-72.

Popular Publications

  1. Evans, D. C., and M. Vavrek. 2012. Ultimate Dinos: Giants from Gondwana. ROM Press. (ISBN-10: 088854491X). But it here.
  2. Evans, D. C. 2010. Hadrosaurid (Duck-billed) dinosaurs. McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology 2010: 171-173.
  3. Brewster, H., J. Waddington, K. Seymour, and D. C. Evans. 2007. Breakout Dinosaurs! Codastat Canada Ltd. (ISBN: 097818050x)

Research Projects

The Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project (SADP), designed to fill in gaps in our knowledge of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs and study their evolution, is lead by palaeontologists


Authored by: David C. Evans