Education Intro


The Museum is a resource for everybody who wants to learn about evolution on Earth. We aim to help people understand the natural world of today, how it came into being and what we can learn from its past.

The fossils give us clues about the origin of the species of today. A famous example: Archaeopteryx prooved that birds are descendants of dinosaurs. Life of the Past evolved continuously, and goes on in life of today. Evolution did not stop: species slowly change, because environments are changing.

 School Trips
School Trips   

Planning a school trip to our Museum? We have weekly school classes visiting the museum, often in combination with the Museum of Zoology in the same building. Your class is guided by one of our paleontologists, who explains the most important items on exhibit. Costs: 1 euro per child.

 The Climate Changes The Climate Changes
Not all environments change because of the climate. Also humans and other species can disturb an environment. Flexible species may adapt to the loss of original habitat, but species with extreme adaptations are much less lucky. Such is the case with the giant panda of today, which eats only a certain bamboo. When there will be no more bamboo left, there will be no place for the panda bear anymore. More Information
 What is Evolution What is Evolution

The diversity of animal and plant life on Earth is the result of the process of what we call evolution. It drives organisms to change gradually over time. 
Evolution of a lineage does not occur in a straight line toward a predetermined goal. More Information

Evolutionary Trends

 Evidence from Fossils Evidence from the Fossils

The fossil record shows that species were constantly branching off the "evolutionary tree" and evolving along various unrelated routes. Many species were usually present at the same time, adapted to various different modes of life. More Information
 Evolution of Island Mammals Evolution of Island Mammals

Island animals are very different from mainland animals. Island animals are adapted to the typical island environment. They have a different size and eat different things. Elephants and hippopotamuses become dwarfs, but mice, hedgehogs and cavias become giants. Plant-eaters develop higher crowned teeth, so that they can eat tougher plants and live longer before their teeth are completely worn down. More Information
 Islands Why  Islands Why

The changes are induced because many essential factors are different on an island: food and space is limited, there are no large land-carnivores, and there are hardly any competitors. The large plant-eaters do not have to run away anymore to escape predators, so they can focus on a more stable and secure way of walking. The adaptations make it possible for the islanders to occupy new and empty ecological niches. More Information

 Extinction Islanders Extinction Islanders

Why the fantastic and so well-adapted island animals got extinct? Whenever there was a climate change, and it became colder, the sea level dropped. In this way, the distance to the mainland became smaller, and often the island became even connected to the mainland. More Information

Extinction due to Humans





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