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Beaty Biodiversity Museum
University of British Columbia - Beaty
What do the largest animal on earth, and one of the smallest (and oldest) have in common? Two things - they’re both blue, and they’re both at the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC.
At more than 25m in length, the blue whale is the largest animal on earth. You can see the skeleton of one at the Beaty, in a special exhibit in the museum’s glass atrium.
The Beaty’s fossil collection includes stromatolites – rock formed by ancient blue-green algae. These are some of the oldest known fossils on earth, dating back some 3.5 billion years.
The Beaty will open to the public in the fall of 2010. You’ll be able to explore UBC's spectacular biological collections of more than two million specimens of plants, insects, fish, vertebrates, fungi, and fossils through a combination of museum exhibits, discovery labs, outreach workshops, education resources, and public presentations.
Vancouver Foundation donors contributed to the excitement when they gave $50,000 over two years to the project.