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  • Overview
  • Gateway to the Living World
  • The Origin of Life
  • The Evolution of Plants
  • Life Takes to Land
  • The Age of Dinosaurs
  • Taking Flight
  • Extinction
  • The Evolution and Adaptability of Mammals
  • The Journey of Human Life (new)
  • The Story of Man
  • Numbers and Forms
  • Minerals Exhibit
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    In the Life Science Hall you will discover amazing facts about life, the planet, our environment and evolution. From the age of the dinosaurs to the journey of human life, the Life Science Hall will astound you. The Journey of Human Life and the Age of Dinosaurs in the Life Science Hall have been just innovated. See the outstanding description of human body and collection of dinosaur fossils.
    1. The entrance is located across from the IMAX Theater.
    2. You can also enter from the entrance to the Chinese Science Hall (or Global Environment Hall).

     

    Gateway to the Living World
    Have you ever seen a jellyfish 2 meters in diameter, or a piece of kelp 4 meters long, or a virus 2.5 meters tall?? Can you imagine what our nerve cell looks like if it stretches from the floor to the ceiling? The Gateway to the Living World will illustrate the ingenuity of nature to you.

     

    The Origin of Life
    Explore the origin of life! Take a look at our planet of 3.8 billion years ago when there was no oxygen. See how volcanic eruptions resulted in the formation of water on Earth's surface and the beginning of life. Learn how cells work in lives. The hall of Origins of Life incorporates interactive learning methods such as computer games to demonstrate the secret of DNA. Visitors will be amazed at the complicated structures and process of cell division in an animal as small as the nematode worm.

     

    The Evolution of Plants
    Evolutionary change isn't apparent in days, months, and years. Instead, it's documented in layers and layers of rocks deposited over 4.6 billion years. How does evolution take place in plants? What is the evidence? What kind of role do plants play in natural world since the evolution's "big bang"? The gallery of Evolution of Plants will answer you. And, if you've learned a lot about plant's evolution indoors, why not take a break outdoors? The nearby garden provides you a welcome retreat, and an opportunity to enhance your knowledge through an array of plant collections.

     

    Life Takes to Land
    Taking you right back to the history of time itself, here you can explore the distant past when plants took to land some 400 million years ago. Travel back in time and discover the amazing journey of animal life from water to land and their survival on Earth. See how they adapted to their new environment.

    In The Life Takes to Land gallery you can meet an African crocodile and a huge python. Don't be panic! They are not real and living. Though, you'll gain a better understanding of reptiles.

     

    The Age of Dinosaurs
    Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries

    The science of paleontology explores the history of life on Earth. Paleontologists study the fossil remains of dinosaurs, including their skeletons, shells, footprints, and even coprolite. The Museum's Gallery of Dinosaurs contains more than 50 fossils and fossil replicas, four animatronics manufactured by KOKORO (, providing a vivid glimpse into the incredible 3.5-billion-year story of life on Earth. From oviraptors to the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, this exhibit gallery will bring you face-to-face with the creatures that once ruled our planet!

    Click here for more information about dinosaurs.

     

    Taking Flight
    The origins of the birds has until now been one of the great enigmas of evolution. They are thought to come from a dinosaur lineage. But why can they fly? Through models, photographs, simple interactives, and selected specimens from the Museum, the Flight gallery demonstrates the bird's muscles, bones, and feathers. Also, a film illustrates a variety of gestures of birds' or insects' flying and some ancient flying reptiles.

     

    Extinction
    Extinction is the complete demise of a species. It has occurred throughout the history of life on Earth. The causes of extinction are many and highly variable. Why some species are going extinct? Aside from some known or unknown reasons, are humans becoming a significant additional cause of extinction for many species? Why? And how? The gallery of Extinction demonstrates you the phenomena of mass extinction from Darwin's theory through human's destructive behaviors.

     

    The Evolution and Adaptability of Mammals
    The gallery of Mammals invites visitors to explore the incredible diversity of mammals, including humans, and the processes by which they arose and continue to adapt. Featuring 22 exciting taxidermied mounts and dozens of mammal skeletons and fossils in a variety of environments - from polar to desert regions and from dry to humid environments - the exhibit tells the story of mammal evolution through adaptation to changing habitats. The information provided is in a variety of formats, ranging from text and graphics to the latest in exhibition technology.

     

    The Journey of Human Life
    Listen to what a baby experiences in the womb. Preview your ageing faces, and learn how to stay healthy regardless of ageing. Explore medical technology and techniques of preserving human remains. Try to gain a better understanding about human biology and the importance of respecting lives. You 're amazing - and The Journey of Human Life explains why, with all kinds of facts and figures about our bodies, and how, with mummies, Buddhist relic, burial jades, masks… etc. Opening May 17, 2006, The Journey of Human Life, a new permanent exhibit gallery at the 2nd floor of the Life Science Galleries, adds to the Museum's richness. Click here for more information.

     

    The Story of Man
    Scientific evidence shows that the physical and behavioral traits shared by all people originated from apelike ancestors and evolved over a period of at least 5 million years. But how did we separate from the other great apes, and where did modern humans first evolve? Why our ancestors began the fundamental human adaptation of walking upright on two legs, and how we eventually replaced other surviving humans, and came to dominate the planet? Find out the answers to these intriguing questions and discover the secrets of our own evolution at the gallery of The Story of Man. Click here for more information.

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