A fascinating new exhibition at Oxford University Museum of Natural History is challenging challenge its visitors to question ‘What is an animal?’
The visitor journey begins by travelling back in time 600 million years, to when the very origins of all animals – including humans – began to develop in the world’s oceans.
The exhibition will tell this story like never before. For the first time ever, incredibly well-preserved specimens, each hundreds of millions of years old, will travel to Oxford from sites across the globe. This includes a significant loan of 55 fossils from Yunnan University in Chengjiang, China, along with other evidence from Burgess Shale, Canada and Sirius Passet, Greenland.
One of the highlights of First Animals will certainly be the interactive Cambrian Diver installation, which will allow users to explore a 360-degree ocean in a virtual submersible craft, with digital reconstructions bringing creatures to life. Visitors will also be able to immerse themselves in a Cambrian ocean virtual reality experience, First Life VR, complete with narration by natural history legend Sir David Attenborough.