Early Life: Earliest Traces of Life

June 27, 1986 – April 27, 2014

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, East Wing, near Dinosaurs Hall Floor Plan

An overview of the origin and early evolution of life is presented. Included is the oldest fossil, a cabbage-sized, 3.5-billion-year-old fossil algal mat, as well as the earliest animal fossils, to relate a large portion of the earth's history known as the Precambrian.

Time Column