TREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD, Marina Bay SandsTREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD, Marina Bay Sands


Treasures of exploration


The third gallery of Treasures of the Natural World tells the adventures and trials of scientific exploration pioneers. From Captain James Cook’s first voyage to Australia and New Zealand to Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to reach the South Pole and HMS Challenger’s 1872 exploration of the deep oceans, each yielded vital scientific evidence and inspiring tales of human endeavor.

Across vast oceans and remote lands, travelers made discoveries in biology, oceanography and geology, bringing back vivid first-hand accounts and imagery of surprising new species.
 

Antarctic Fossil Wood

Antarctic Fossil Wood

Carbonised Wood
Antarctica
Carboniferious/Triassic Periods, around 323-201 million year old

Collected during Robert Falcon Scott’s second and ultimately tragic Terra Nova expedition, this piece of fossilized wood is highly significant. It is one of the earliest pieces of evidence that forests once grew on Antarctica and that the continent’s climate was once much warmer than it is today.
Emperor Penguin Chick Skin

Emperor Penguin Chick Skin

Antarctica


One of the first three emperor penguin chicks ever studied, this chick was collected by Robert Falcon Scott’s party in 1902 on the Discovery expedition. The chick’s stage of development proved that emperor penguins lay their eggs during the dark and bitterly cold Antarctic winter. On the Terra Nova journey, Scott planned to collect penguin eggs for further investigation.