Evolution

The history of life on Earth can be traced back to the earliest known single-celled life forms more than 3.5 million years ago. This history is ongoing, and today’s flora and fauna therefore represent only a snapshot of the continuous process of evolution.

In our Evolution Hall you will find answers to many questions, such as:

  • Why and how do organisms diversify over time?
  • Why are sparrows rarely white and birds of paradise multicoloured?
  • Under which conditions do new species evolve?
  • What makes Darwin’s finches so famous?
  • What is the meaning of the terms “mimesis“ and “mimicry“?
  • Why does similar appearance not always correlate with close relationship?
  • How do we investigate evolutionary relationships?
  • How are fossils connected to today’s fauna?
  • What are “living fossils“?