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Evolution of Life series

Maurice Joanisse carving a spandrel entitled Smilodon from the Evolution of Life series, 1991.
Maurice Joanisse carving a spandrel entitled Smilodon from the Evolution of Life series, 1991.

The Evolution of Life series was designed to depict Canada's past from a palaeontological perspective, rather than the usual historical point-of-view, while also representing the evolution of humanity as expressed in philosophy, science and the imagination. Fourteen sculptures have been installed so far within the spandrels, or quasi-triangular panels, formed by the pier-arches on the north and south ends of the House of Commons Chamber.

Sculptress R. Eleanor Milne chose the theme "prehistoric life" for three reasons:

Three palaeontological advisors contributed to this series: Dale Russell, David Jarzen and Philip J. Currie.

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