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About the Exhibition
With Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time, the Academy explores the surprising and often extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals.
Featuring spectacular fossils and other specimens from the Museum’s collections, vivid reconstructions, and live animals, the exhibition examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns.
Through the use of dynamic media displays, animated computer interactives, hands-on activities, touchable fossils, casts, taxidermy specimens, and a live tree shrew, the exhibition will highlight distinctive mammalian qualities and illuminate the shared ancestry that unites these diverse creatures.
The exhibition is divided into nine sections – Introduction, What is a Mammal?, What is Extreme?, Head to Tail, Reproduction, Mammals in Motion, Extreme Climates, Extreme Isolation, and Extreme Extinction – and offers extensive detail on the evolutionary history and great family tree of mammals.
Please note: Passes are not required for the Extreme Mammals special exhibit; the exhibit is available on a walk-up basis. Photography and food and beverage are not permitted in the exhibit.
Extreme Mammals is organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa Canada; and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Photo: © AMNH/D. Finnin