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The Nature of It: Florida's Past and Present

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Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Open August 10, 2019 through September 29, 2019

Throughout most of its history, Florida has been under water. Portions of the Florida peninsula have been above or below sea level at least four different times. As glaciers of ice in the north expanded and melted, the Florida peninsula emerged and submerged. Florida, both under and above water has had an interesting ecological history with amazing animals, some extinct and some still alive today. The Nature of It: Florida's Past and Present showcases some of the Museum's Florida specimens alongside pieces on loan from other museums to illustrate the breadth of Florida flora and fauna past and present. 

The Museum's extraordinary collection of Florida fossils, shells, and other specimens offer a glimpse into the natural history of the state. Immerse yourself in the world of the whale, dolphin, bear, manatee, and other animals that have shaped Florida's past and continue to shape its future. A full set of giant Megalodon shark jaws on loan from the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida will be one of the highlights of the exhibit.

Photo Credit: Megalodon Jaw, Florida Museum of Natural History

A portion of this exhibit was produced by the Environmental Division of Volusia County Government and uses large imagery and interactive flip books to focus on species which live or migrate in Florida and more specifically the Volusia County region and coastline.