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


Treasures of life are everywhere


In the deepest seas and at the frozen poles, on the highest mountains and in the hottest deserts, living organisms thrive. Over the last 3.7 billion years, life has evolved to inhabit every corner of our planet. This rich diversity across genes, species and habitats, is a true treasure of immeasurable value.

Many of the treasures in this gallery reveal how nature’s diversity is shaped by the environment and the ability of species to adapt to it. Extinct creatures, such as the dodo, demonstrate human impact on the diversity of life, while the discovery of new species hints at nature’s ever evolving variety.
 

Dodo bird model

Dodo model
  
 

The dodo was driven to extinction by the arrival of humans on the island of Mauritius. Although far from unique in this respect, the dodo is now most well-known for this reason. But despite its fame, no full dodo skeletons exist from a single individual. This model shows the dodo with a much thinner, more upright, body shape than was initially thought, and is based on modern interpretations of the bird’s anatomy.
Sabre-toothed cat

Sabre-toothed cat
USA
Pleistocene Period, 12,000 years old

Imagine meeting this killer cat after dark. If you had been living in the Americas up to 12,000 years ago, it is possible you would have done just that. Lion-sized with terrifying teeth, this species ambushed large plant-eating mammals, such as bison, giant ground sloths, camels, horses and possibly young mammoths. Smilodon died out at the end of the last ice age – it is one of the few sabre-toothed cats that would have encountered humans.