15-18 years old Exhibition program "A whirl through evolution"

A whirl through evolution

What came first, wings or feathers? In Naturalis, you can find out by looking at present-day animals and fossils of extinct ones, including dinosaurs. Evolution gives animals new properties. Some of these are successful. They offer advantages when moving to new habitats and new food sources or producing offspring and lead to an increase in the number of different species. Discover the origin of distinctive characteristics, such as wings, legs, hairs, feathers and a trunk, and team up to create a comprehensive genealogy of all vertebrates.

At this time, our programs are offered in Dutch only.

Investigate successful vertebrate characteristics

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  • Exhibition program
  • Senior general secondary education Years 4 and 5, pre-university education Years 4–6
  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Number of pupils: no more than 108
  • Areas: the "Life", "Dinosaur age" and "Ice age" galleries
  • The school supplies: one supervisor for every 20 pupils/students
  • Naturalis supplies: two educational assistants
  • Pupils/students investigate how vertebrates evolved over time. They discover the origin of distinctive characteristics, such as wings, legs, hairs, feathers and a trunk, and find out why they were successful.
  • Keywords: evolution, distinctive characteristic, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, dinosaurs, ice age animals, genealogy

At this time, our programs are offered in Dutch only.