Evolutionary Morphology and Palaeobiology of Vertebrates

Das Krokodil im Baum

The exhibition 'Krokodil im Baum' ('Crocodile in a tree') is an outreach activity of our group aiming mainly at transmitting the notion of evolutionary trees to understand biodiversity and its origin, using crocodylians as main subject. We used crocodylians as previous research results published by Scheyer et al. (2013) were used by MRS-V as the scientific basis for an AGORA grant from SNF. The realization of the exhibit was coordinated by Life Science Zurich and the major scientific output came from Torsten Scheyer and a team in our group.

The exhibit can be visited at the Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich from 29 September 2015 to 31 January 2016. There are workshops for different educational school levels and for people who are blind or vison impaired, as the exhibit is mostly designed to fit their needs. There is also a cataloque of the exhibit published by Torsten Scheyer, Fiona Straehl and MRS-V published by Scidinge Hall Verlag, in both German and English.

One of the activities of the exhibit has been to commission an artistic work on a crocodile skull, which was conducted by Tandia McLaren. The resulting piece is used in workshops with children.

In an attempt to increase the visibility of this special exhibit in Zurich, we organized a ‘Milonga’, a tango dancing event, in which a local musician, a DJ and a producer of local and organic food joined to conduct a croc-decorated evening attended by around 100 people, with the kind permission of the Zoological Museum in a beautiful space. Photographic impressions of this event can be seen here: