Opening This Month: Extreme Mammals
Everything in moderation, the saying goes, but not in Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time, which opens at the American Museum of Natural History on Saturday, May 23. In this thrilling new exhibition, curated by John J. Flynn, Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals and Dean of the Richard Gilder Graduate School, you'll meet animals as light as a dollar bill or as heavy as 20 tons, with antlers as wide as small cars or teeth taller than human beings. Some have oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns; some are speedy, others excruciatingly slow. Together, they make up a veritable catalog of astounding adaptations.
"Extreme Mammals will surprise and captivate visitors of all ages while also vividly illuminating the spectacular diversity of life," said Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History.
Featuring spectacular displays from the Museum's fossil mammal collection - the largest of its type in the world, estimated at 400,000 specimens - as well as the Museum's vast modern mammal collections, Extreme Mammals follows the evolution of numerous species and examines how some lineages died out while others diversified to form groups of well-known mammals living today. Lifelike models, dynamic media displays, animated computer interactives, hands-on activities, and touchable specimens all bring the science to life.
Upon entering, visitors will encounter Indricotherium, the largest land mammal ever, an extinct rhinoceros-like herbivore three to four times the size of an adult African elephant, the largest land mammal alive today. …