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A Walk Through Time

Trace the history of the Earth from its formation 4.6 billion years ago to the last Ice Age.  Learn about dinosaurs, mastodons, giant amphibians and other fascinating creatures.  Life-sized models and fossil remains tell the story.

Fossils: Clues to an Ancient Life

Animals and plants may become fossils only under very special conditions.  It’s most likely to happen in quiet water where sediment is constantly settling to the bottom.  This buries any dead organisms that have washed into the area.

Some animals leave the area before death. The bodies of other organisms are destroyed by scavengers or washed away before they can be buried. 

Our staff recommends the following link on fossils.

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/paleo/fossils/

Paleozoic Era (700 Million years ago)

The Paleozoic covers the time from the first appearance of abundant, hard-shelled fossils to the time when the continents were beginning to be dominated by large, relatively sophisticated reptiles and relatively modern plants.    The photo tour above includesincludes photos of exhibits in the collection representing what might be found or evidence of what was there in the period of this era. 

Our staff recommends the following link on the Paleozoic era.

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/paleozoic/paleozoic.html

Mesozoic Era (230 Million years ago)

The Mesozoic was a time of tectonic, climatic and evolutionary activity.   Mesozoic means 'middle animals'.   It is often called the 'Age of the Dinosaurs', after the dominant fauna of the era.   The photo tour above includes photos of exhibits in the collection representing what might be found or evidence of what was there in the period of this era. 

Our staff recommends the following link on the Mesozoic era.

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/mesozoic/mesozoic.html

Cenozoic Era (65 Million years ago-Present)

The Cenozoic is the age of new life. During the Cenozoic, mammals diverged from a few small, simple, generalized forms into a diverse collection of terrestrial, marine, and flying animals.  The photo tour above includes photos of exhibits in the collection representing what might be found or evidence of what was there in the period of this era.  

Our staff recommends the following link on the Cenozoic era.

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/cenozoic/cenozoic.html

The Pink Palace Family of Museums occasionally places links to other websites on its own.  This is done as part of our mission to "inspire learning."  It is not an endorsement of the information or viewpoints you will find on the linked websites.

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