Fossils

Collection of Fossils of Early Life Forms

      The Ediacaran Period, approximately 600 million years ago, is named after the Ediacara Hills of South Australia. It is the last geological period of the Neoproterozoic Era and of the Proterozoic Eon, immediately preceding the Cambrian Period, the first period of the Paleozoic Era and of the Phanerozoic Eon. Fossils include soft bodied sea creatures and were the first that could reproduce sexually and had a gut. They include Dickinsonia, Spriggina, Tribrachidium, Inaria, Funisia and Mawsonite.

       The Cambrian period followed. The 'Cambrian explosion', as it is known, was the relatively short evolutionary event, beginning around 542 million years ago in the Cambrian Period, during which most major animal phyla appeared, as indicated by the fossil record. Lasting for about the next 20 million years, it resulted in the origin of the body plan of modern metazoans. Additionally, the event was accompanied by major diversification of other organisms from Trilobites and Ammonites to Shells, Snails, Fish, Shrimps, Lobsters, Crabs, Corals, Urchins, Plants, and Trees.

       The museum holds a collection of fossils from the Cambrian period to Cretaceous period. Here you will experience trilobites, insects preserved in amber, dinosaur bones and eggs, ammonites, shells, snails, fishes, shrimps, lobsters, crab, coral, urchins, plants and trees.The dinosaur Neusticosaurus and Keichousaurus are from Triassic period, Sinemys lens is from the Early Cretaceous, the Asian giant dinosaur egg in the collection is from the Kobi desert in Mongolia and dates from the early Jurassic period. Hundreds of very rare species are a part of this vast collections.