We share planet Earth with a vast diversity of living things – perhaps tens of millions of different species. Life, in some form, exists everywhere on the Earth’s surface.
Wherever it has been looked for, it has been found – from the deepest oceans to the highest mountains, from the coldest deserts of the Antarctic to the scalding water of hot springs.
The Living World gallery highlights some of this enormous diversity – both present and past – using both modern and fossil examples.
From simple bacteria more than two billion years old to complex creatures such as the Emperor Penguin, and from familiar crustaceans to some truly bizarre fossil echinoderms, all have contributed to the diversity of life.
Image caption: Bizarre 460 million year old echinoderm fossils, part of the diversity of life past and present.
This exhibition is on display in area 21 of the Nature Zone and is free to attend (download the museum map, PDF 290KB)