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Florida Museum examines Earth’s changing climate in gallery exhibit

The gallery was originally launched in 2015 and has been reestablished to honor the release of the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report. An iPad displays the full report. ©Florida Museum/Jeff Gage

Press release from Florida Museum

Visitors can discover 70 million years of climate change on Earth in a relaunched gallery exhibition now open at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The “Our Changing Climate: Past and Present” exhibit uses large-format graphs showing major historic events to present the story of Earth’s changing climate over geologic time. The exhibit also highlights how Earth’s climate fluctuates and what global trends are affecting life today.

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Through a timeline, visitors can visualize and compare where dinosaurs, megalodon sharks, humans, ancient civilizations, and more fit into Earth’s climate history. The exhibit was originally opened in 2015 and has been relaunched to mark the release of the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report, which addresses the most up-to-date climate change science, potential risks, and options for the planet’s future.

This free gallery is part of a series of exhibits focusing on world issues that influence humans’ daily lives. Some of the issues that have been presented in other displays include toxic algae, hurricanes, and climate change’s effect on global landmarks.

This exhibit was created by the Florida Museum in collaboration with the University of Florida department of geological sciences; the museum’s divisions of anthropology, mammalogy and vertebrate paleontology; and the University of New Hampshire Complex Systems Research Center.

More information is available online at www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/our-changing-climate.

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