THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE
Invertebrates: Learn about the Cambrian Explosion and the evolution of invertebrates. This exhibit highlights a collection of some of the earliest and simplest life forms, spanning over 500 million years.
The Age of Fish: This exhibit follows the evolution of fish--from the early jawless forms to the diverse groups living today.
The Origin of Tetrapods: Learn how amphibians became the first animals to live on land.
The Age of Reptiles: A flying Pterosaur is among the modern and fossil specimens in this cabinet.
Birds: Did you know that birds share a common ancestor with dinosaurs? This exhibit discusses both the evolution and adaptations of many species of birds.
Mammals: Examine bones and teeth of various mammals and learn about their adaptations for their modes of life.
Fossil Plants: Find out about the evolution of vascular tissue and seeds and how these structures changed the plant world.
Geologic Wonders of Georgia: This exhibit highlights nine interesting geologic formations of our state.
Southeastern Caves: This is a lifelike cave, complete with cave formations and animals.
The Diversity of Modern Primates and the Path to Modern Humans: This exhibit includes modern and fossil primate species and provides information about the history of humans.
Cave Bear: This fossil bear was one of the largest bear species to live in Europe and Asia.
Smilodon gracilis: This saber-toothed cat stalked the North American landscape 500,000 years ago.
GCSU PROFESSORS AND THEIR RESEARCH
Dr. Bob Chandler: Around three million years ago, a land bridge was formed between North and South America. The resulting mixing of species is known as The Great American Biotic Interchange, one of the most remarkable exchanges in Earth's history.
Dr. Melanie Devore: This exhibit showcases fossils from the Stonerose Interpretive Center & Eocene Fossil Site in Republic, WA. Learn how these fossils are similar to those found in other parts of the world. (under renovation)
Dr. Al Mead: Dr. Mead's research has led to the discovery of giant bison and Columbian mammoth fossils in Brunswick, GA. Learn about these animals and the North American Ice Age.
Dr. Dennis Parmley: Dr. Parmley's research focuses on Wilkinson County's fossil-bearing Hardie Mine site. He has discovered marine species such as whales, sharks, sea turtles and snakes.
Dr. Bill Wall: Explore the 30 to 40 million year old grasslands of North America and the surprising mammal species that evolved on our own continent.