In July 2007 the new permanent exhibitions »Evolution in Action« were opened and have since been seen by 500,000 visitors every year. The new exhibitions highlight selected aspects of current scientific work of the Museum under the general theme “The Evolution of the Earth and Life on it”.
It is often called the "missing link" for Darwin's evolutionary theory as this animal showed features of reptiles (here: teeth and front claws) and birds (flight feathers and wishbone).
An especially ‘eye-catching‘ highlight is the world´s largest mounted dinosaurskeleton, Brachiosarus brancai. With its height of 13.27m (43½ ft.) it is even featured in the Guiness Book of Records.
(See also the Virtual Reality movie on Brachiosaurus / Giraffatitan)
Can the black-and-white pattern really be an effective means of camouflage? Yes, as it does not primarily protect the zebra from large predators, but very small carriers of disease: the tsetse fly (see also The Zebra's Stripes).
Photos: All photos are @ Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Photographers: Hwa Ja Götz, Carola Radke, Antje Dittmann (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)
Exhibition concept and design: Dr. Ferdinand Damaschun, Uwe Moldrzyk, Benedikt Esch (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin), ART+COM AG