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The age of the universe is 13.8 billion years old,
the age of the earth is 4.6 billion years old,
and the life age of the Earth is 3.8 billion years old.
Compared with this, the age of our humanity, Homo sapiens, two hundred thousand years old, is only a fleeting moment.
However, our humanity is the only living creature studies history of the Earth, the universe and the life and exhibits them.
Lee Kang-hwan
We, humanity, are precious for the life, the Earth and the universe.
Natural History is literally a study of history of nature and the most important part of the natural history is the history of life. Expressed in other words, the history of life is the history of the 'extinction'. The word ‘extinction’ may sound terrifying and sad, but in fact, older creatures steeping aside so that new life can emerge is a natural phenomena, which gave rise to our humanity.

All life becomes extinct. Trilobites that ruled the Paleozoic oceans for 300 million years became extinct and dinosaurs that dominated the Mesozoic land for 160 million years naturally became extinct. We have to learn about this extinction from natural history; why the creatures that led glorious lives went extinct.

Until now, there were five large extinctions that took place. The crucial reason for extinction were change of climate and environment. Now, the sixth extinction is in progress. Global warming is something to worry about, but it is hardly the cause of extinction. The current era where the sixth extinction is taking place is called ‘Anthropocene’. It is not the climate or the environment but it is the humanity that is the cause for the extinction.

For sustainable existence of humanity, the most valuable thing on earth, we must put our wisdom together to live in harmony with other creatures that make up our ecosystem. Museum of natural history is the venue for learning and contemplating such wisdom.

Seodaemun Museum of Natural History is the oldest and the most comprehensive public natural history museums in the country. It is also considered to have the best exhibitions and education programs in Asia. Please join us and let’s put our wisdom together in contemplating about the future of nature and humanity at Seodaemun Museum of Natural History.
Director of Seodaemun Museum of Natural History
Lee Kang-hwan
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