Paleozoic: An Explosion of Life

A new exhibit is coming to the NM Museum of Natural History & Science.
Watch a video about the Paleozoic hall.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) is seeking to expand its exploration of geologic time by adding a new Paleozoic exhibit. The museum takes visitors on a journey through one billion years of New Mexico's natural history, but there's a gap in the story. To fill this gap, fossils, rocks and history from the Paleozoic Era – which occurred 250 to 540 million years ago – will provide a glimpse into the past.

What was New Mexico like during the Paleozoic Era? Think megabugs, sailback predators and ocean reefs. One of the many exhibit displays includes a Godzilla Shark fossil that was recently discovered in the Manzano Mountains. A CT scan, performed at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, shows that the shark had sharp teeth on its lips.

In addition to learning about ancient creatures, visitors will be able to explore fascinating insights about the Permian Reef, fossils and rocks, and learn how oil accumulated in areas of New Mexico. The exhibit will serve as a demonstration resource for the next generation science standards, helping students ask questions, interpret data and consider explanations.

D/P/S Principal Dan Kemme serves on the Board of Directors for the NMMNH Foundation. He and Travis Lewis, an Architectural Visualization Artist, helped put together a fundraising video for the Paleozoic hall. If you would like to donate to this exciting new exhibit, give a gift to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation.