First Life

First Life explores how life evolved from its earliest beginnings in the Precambrian (4.6 billion – 539 million years ago) to the major diversification of complex life forms in the Cambrian Period (539 – 485 million years ago). Discover some of the oldest known fossils—including the earliest evidence of life in Alberta—as well as the amazing creatures of the Burgess Shale.

First Life new exhibit
Extraordinary Canadian fossils and captivating videos, illustrations, models, and hands-on interactive activities reveal the story of early life.

These models depict the creatures of the Burgess Shale at 12 times their actual size.