Dived down ...


The exhibition "Dived down ..." shines light on one of the greatest success stories of evolution: the walk of the terrestrial vertebrates back into the water. Mammals, birds and reptiles, i.e. the real land vertebrates, independently of one another produced perfectly adapted aquatic animals - with the whales even the largest vertebrates that ever lived.

All three groups have unique locomotion systems in the water.
The best swimmers have converted legs and wings into fins and adopted a streamlined physique. Other aquatic animals have webbed feet, oar tails, or extra bone weight in their legs.

The Zoological Museum traces the fascinating history of this transformation using the example of original specimens of birds, reptiles and mammals that have been adapted to the water to different degrees. Even the way of life of fossil Ichthyosaurs is explained.

The way from land to water can be particularly vividly discovered by comparing a land-dwelling giant tortoise and a full-grown sea turtle with their respective skeletons. In addition to large specimens of hippopotamus, walrus, Nile crocodile and a manatee, the historical complete specimen of an emperor penguin with its skeleton is a special highlight of the exhibition.