2000 - present
Major developmental stages represented on the pathway include the formation of the Milky Way, the Sun, and the Earth, the first life on Earth, the production of oxygen in the oceans, and the Age of Dinosaurs. Panels show the relative size of the universe at specific points in time and display objects from each period in the history of the universe. Eight media stations provide in-depth information about the evolution of the universe, the planet, and life itself.
Artifacts along the pathway include a meteorite that dates from the birth of our solar system; a sample from the oldest rock formation on Earth; a trilobite, the first animal with eyes; and the fossilized serrated tooth of a giant carnivorous dinosaur. (source: AMNH website, accessed October 18, 2016)
Information for the hall appears in the following museum publications:
American Museum of Natural History Annual Report 2000, page 3.
American Museum of Natural History Offical Guide 2001, page 61.
American Museum of Natural History Floor Plan Summer 2012.
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