Hall of ANCIENT LIFE
The Hall of Ancient Life takes you on
a tour of more than 4 billion years of Oklahoma's prehistory
- from the formation of the planet through the last Ice Age.
In this richly detailed gallery, the past comes to life through
a series of exhibits featuring the most impressive specimens
in the museum's extensive paleontology collections, plus spectacular
models, interactives and detailed dioramas.
Highlights of this gallery include a lifelike
walk-through Pennsylvanian coal swamp forest packed with plants
and animals that lived in Oklahoma more than 300 million years
ago, including Arthropleura, a six-foot-long ancestor
of the modern millipede, and dragonflies with wingspans nearly
"The Clash of the Titans" is the centerpiece exhibit
to the Hall of Ancient Life, featuring two Jurassic giants locked
in a life or death battle. The combatants include the world's
largest Apatosaurus and Saurophaganax maximus,
a fearsome predator unique to Oklahoma. A ride in the museum's
glass "dinovators" gives you the chance to see the Apatosaurus eye
Cretaceous exhibits include a mother Tenontosaurus protecting
her young from a pair of marauding Deinonychus; and
the breathtaking fully-articulated skeleton of Pentaceratops,
whose ten-and-a-half-foot skull holds the Guinness World Record
as the world's largest.
Finally, you will learn about the mass extinction of the dinosaurs
65 million years ago and enter the Cenozoic Era, where you will
see fossils of the ancient mammals of Oklahoma's Ice Age. These
include a Columbian mammoth; Arctodus, the short-faced
bear; and Smilodon, the saber-toothed cat.
When you leave this gallery, be sure to take a ride to the second
floor in the "dino-vator" - a glass elevator that takes
you up 26 feet to see the museum's mighty Apatosaurus eye