The Origin of Life
This area explores the origins of life through 22 exhibit units, one of which features a simulated volcano that erupts at regular intervals, and a view of the earth 3.8 billion years ago before there was oxygen. Frequent volcanic eruptions resulted in the formation of water on the earth’s surface and the beginning of primitive life. Rock and fossil specimens reveal traces of the history of life. In addition, two alternative theories on how life developed are introduced, while yet another exhibit unit tells about the basic unit of life—the cell.