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Family Funday: Fossil Fest

Family Funday: Fossil Fest

Come along on a prehistoric journey millions of years in the making! From tiny beginnings to enormous dinosaurs, join ROM researchers and discover how fossils trace the incredible history of life on Earth.

Activities run from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free with Museum admission.

Introducing Zuul: Meet palaeontologist Dr. David Evans and the ROM's newest dinosaur, the wickedly armoured and ghoulish-looking Zuul, destroyer of shins! Keep your eyes open for the Ontario Ghostbusters, roaming the ROM in search of Zuul!

Armouries of the Past: Explore the form and function of body armour and weapons with ankylosaur expert Dr. Victoria Arbour. Find out how this prehistoric armour compares to Medieval maces and other historic means of protection.

Featuring Fossils: Get the inside scoop from student researchers as they share their latest discoveries.

  • Kootenayscolex: Ancient Marine Worm & the Origin of Worm Heads - Karma Nanglu (11:30 am)
  • When Amphibians Ruled the World - Bryan Gee (12:00 pm)
  • Evolution of Dinosaur Art - Greer Stothers (12:30 pm)

Bring the Past to Life: Add colour to an ancient world on a giant digital colouring wall. Meet Danielle Dufault, the award-winning ROM palaeoartist behind the reconstruction of the new ankylosaur Zuul and many of the ROM's dino discoveries.

Tenacious Trilobites: These ancient creatures survived two mass extinctions and roamed the Earth's oceans for over 250 million years. See real trilobite fossils, get crafty with anatomy, and test your knowledge for a palaeo-prize!

Prehistoric Puzzles: Palaeontologists often have to reconstruct animals from a jumble of bones. Figure out how to put a creature back together, and make your own puzzle to take home.

Fossils of the River ROM: Many dinosaur bones are found in rocks formed by rivers. Find out what happens when you bury dinosaurs in the River ROM. Will they fossilize? Only time will tell!

Bones, Birds, & Dinosaurs: Find out how palaeontologists reconstruct the movement and behaviour of dinosaurs by studying the bones of modern-day birds.

Purr-fect Predators: My, what big teeth you have! Meet some of the toothiest mammals of all time, including the sabre-toothed cat Smilodon and other prehistoric beasts with fearsome fangs.

Habelia, Tiny Sea Monster: 508 million years ago, an ancient relative of spiders and scorpions swam the Cambrian seas with a strange "multi-tool" head. Explore recent ROM research on Habelia optata, from the world-renowned Burgess Shale fossil locality.

Marvellous Maiasaura: Meet Maiasaura while ROM Friends of Palaeontology share exciting details about hadrosaurs, the duck-billed dinosaurs. (1:30-3:30 PM)

ROM Connects: Articulating Dinosaurs, with Brian Noble (2:00 pm)
Anthropologist Brian Noble traces how dinosaurs and their natural worlds are recreated in the imaginations of palaeontologists, movie-goers, and children alike. With a special focus on the ROM's ground-breaking 1990s exhibition Maiasaura, Noble takes a remarkable look at not just how we visualize the prehistoric past, but how we make it relevant to our everyday lives.

Date & Time

  • Sunday, January 28, 2017; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm



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