There have been several mass extinctions due to natural disasters during Earth’s history. Recovery and long-term evolution have led to the current level of biodiversity. This special exhibition makes use of evidence from the life sciences regarding Earth’s 4.6-billion-year history to explore the rise and extinction of ancient species and to reflect on current climate change and man-made impacts on the environment. Around one million species are threatened with extinction and Earth is facing a potential sixth mass extinction. It will take all of us working together to protect our beautiful home - Earth.

This special exhibition is a theater-style integration of real and virtual exhibition spaces and immersive and interactive experiences. Visitors are led on an incredible sensory journey through time and space to learn about the extinction of ancient organisms, the modern-day destruction of Earth, and the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability.

In line with international intelligent smart museum trends, this special exhibition incorporates smart sensor, sensing, interactive experience, mobile learning, and digital arts technologies to create a unique journey of discovery of Earth’s mysteries. Big Data is collected through visitor co-learning, co-creating, and sharing activities to present a colorful dreamscape. Here, every visitor is a creator! In the future, expanded intelligent applications are anticipated in the development of outstanding learning and living environments.

Exploring the Ancient:
Dinosaur Extinction

There have been five mass extinctions during Earth’s history. Evolution and the rise of species have occurred following each extinction event. Two hundred million years ago, pterosaurs soared through the skies. Below their giant wings, the land was ruled by dinosaurs and the seas by large marine reptiles. What led to the extinction of these ancient and massive animals after 165 million years of dominance? Today, this remains a much talked-about mystery.

Board a time machine to explore the late Jurassic Period, 145 million years before present. In the fissures between time and space, observe the rise and fall of these ancient animals. Then, enter the late Cretaceous Period to search for traces of dinosaur activity among primitive redwood forest and the possible reasons for their extinction.

Reflecting on the Modern: Changing Formosa

Taiwan was once known as Formosa, which means beautiful island. If we look back to 50 years ago, Taiwan possessed dense forests, clear waters, and abundant organisms. In this unit is presented flourishing river basin ecology. Explore the abundance of life in this environment

In recent times, with rapid economic development following industrialization has come global warming and other adverse effects on Taiwan’s natural environments. For example, river basins have become severely polluted. Moreover, leopard cats and other animals living in the foothills have come under pressure from the encroachment of human settlements. Marine animals, such as the green turtle, are also threatened. It is hoped that everyone will take environmental conservation seriously and join in the effort to protect this beautiful home.

Dream for the Future: Fantasy World

If people don’t respond seriously to disasters brought about by the destruction of the natural environment, the sixth extinction event may come sooner rather than later. How does the extinction of species affect Earth’s future? According to predictions by scientists, if humans were to disappear from Earth, organisms may evolve and develop incredible adaptations. For example, giant tortoises as large as dinosaurs may roam the land, colorful birds may soar through the skies, and agile whale-mouthed penguins may swim through the oceans. These are all part of a possible future world.

In this unit, visit the colorful tree of life installation and use your imagination to think about organisms of the future. Spend time in a virtual space, co-creating fantastical organisms for a dream world to come!

 National Museum of Natural Science

The 1st  Exhibition Gallery

Jul. 22, 2020  
Feb. 28, 2021

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