Our museums remain closed due to COVID-19. While LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums on June 12, our museums are still slowly welcoming back staff and are in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in our galleries and gardens. Therefore, we will not be reopening until later in the summer. Sign up here to be the first to know when we will safely re-open to the public and in the meantime, stay connected from home.

Fossils and Evolution

Many of our researchers study how life has changed over time—the fundamental process of evolution.  

Some of them use fossils of animals or plants to study species that have been extinct for thousands or millions of years (yes, including dinosaurs!). Others use information from species that exist today to study the present and the past together, often using tools like genomics.  

With fossils, with modern specimens, or with both, our scientists learn more about the history of life on Earth, how species past and present lived or went extinct, and how they’re related to each other.

Explore our Fossils Research

Stories About Fossils