A new dinosaur exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. has been opened. The ‘Deep Time’ exhibit marks the reopening up of the museum’s dinosaur hall after 5 years. The renovated exhibition tells the amazing story of the ancient animals in a vivid and well-presented way.
‘David H. Koch Hall of Fossils — Deep Time’ is going to be a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian. It tells the story of dinosaurs and the environments where they lived. There are many sections for visitors to explore and enjoy. Some of the favorite picks are the amazing fossils of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex and the Stegosaurus.
The story outlined in ‘Deep Time,’ however, doesn’t just cover the timespan when the now-extinct creatures roamed the Earth. It includes the history of all life on the planet. Starting off with humans, the exhibit goes on to cover how all kinds of living creatures, small and large, interact with each other and with the Earth. The role of climate in these interactions and in life on Earth is also woven in.
The manager of the exhibition, Siobhan Starrs, has explained some of the reasoning behind starting the ‘Deep Time’ story in this manner. After all, humans were not the first forms of life on the Earth, and they only entered the picture way after dinosaurs and other early organisms had died off. The exhibitors believe that their decision to start a display on the evolution of life with human beings does at least two important things. Firstly, it sets the new exhibit apart from many others because it doesn’t start at the beginning with an abstract concept such as the earliest organisms or earliest signs of life. Secondly, it gives visitors an opportunity to immediately connect with the story and see where they fit in the bigger picture. After starting off with humans, the display travels back in time to expand the story of life.