Fossils: Explore the story of vertebrate evolution in the Museum's famed fourth-floor fossil halls. In the Halls of Saurischian Dinosaurs and Ornithischian Dinosaurs, specimens are displayed according to their evolutionary relationships-which are determined by their shared physical characteristics-rather than chronologically. This organization allows students to trace the evolution and history of dinosaurs.
Evolution: Discover the birth of life on Earth in the Hall of the Universe. As students walk down the Cosmic Pathway, have them locate the span of time during which dinosaurs lived and compare that to the span of human history. The Hall of Biodiversity addresses the variety and interdependence of all living things.
Dioramas: Compare the Liaoning Diorama with the Museum's other, world-renowned dioramas showing a wide range of ecosystems.
- Akeley Hall of African Mammals
- North American Mammals
- Small Mammals
- North American Birds (Ask your students to find the similarities between birds and dinosaurs.)
Meteorites: Examine one reason that scientists believe dinosaurs became extinct. The Hall of Meteorites contains the Cape York Meteorite, the world's largest meteorite on display. See how the Earth has been by shaped large meteor impacts.