The Ice Age
The Ice Age illustrates a major environmental change in the geological history. It was the commencement of the Ice Age right after the formation of this island, and led to immigration of living beings. The purpose of this exhibition room is to tell the story of the Ice Age.
The corridor joining the exhibition rooms of The Formation of the Island and the Ice Age is an overpass, symbolizing the immigration process of the land creatures and prehistoric humans to Taiwan across the Taiwan Strait.
The exhibition of the Taiwan Strait indicates the dramatic geological change taken place during the Ice Age, which established the foundation for the diversity of living organisms in Taiwan. The ice eroding terrain remained in the snow-capped mountains not only draws the attention from the geologists but also provides a solid evidence concerning the existence of high mountain glaciers at that time. Formosan Landlocked Salmon and Taiwan Beech, the two endangered species, are the best proofs of the survivors from the Ice Age.
The focal point of this exhibition room is the fauna fossils. The display of eight full-sized large terrestrial mammal specimens, together with excavated fossils, can leave strong impression to the visitors on the magnificent fauna existed in the Ice Age in Taiwan.
Carrying on with the essence of the previous theme, the corridor between the Ice Age and the Holocene Period is designed with figures of ocean waves. Through the path of sea floating plants, visitors now enter a new period of Taiwan.