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The Age of Mammals and Ice

Showing January 21-May 7
Main Exhibit Hall

Enter the Age of the Mammals, a survey of the Cenozoic era!
Take a step back in time to learn about the magnificent creatures that roamed Earth after the demise of the dinosaurs. The Age of the Mammals and Ice reveals lifelike portrayals of everyday life for the savage inhabitants of the post-dinosaur animal kingdom. This special exhibition features the fearsome carnivores and lumbering herbivores of the Cenozoic period through a series of ten animatronic figures.

Come face-to-face with ferocious mammals like Smilodon, the saber-toothed big cat of the Pleistocene, and the legendary, plant-eating Woolly Mammoth.

Watch members of an Australopithecus family engage in routine activities in a cave in Africa: a mother cradling her baby, a father keeping a lookout for threats, and a juvenile banging a bone against a rock while another chomps on food. Spend a day in the life of a Smilodon (saber-toothed cat), frolic in the snow with a Smilodon pack, and listen to a Smilodon bellow as it attacks a Megatherium (sloth).

Then enter the land of herbivores. Stand beneath a Platybelodon slicing vegetation with its jaw like a scythe. Travel the tundra with a massive woolly mammoth and then wallow in the mud with the largest land mammal to have ever lived, a Baluchitherium. Witness the gigantic, flightless Diatryma wandering near a watering hole, while a Coelodonta (woolly rhinoceros) roams the snowy landscape in search of grasses to eat. Walk with the truck-sized Doedicurus, an ancestor of the modern-day armadillo, and a dog-sized Hyracotherium, the first horse predecessor, as they munch on vegetation.

Feel the weight of a mammoth tooth, and touch a piece of mammoth hair and skin.

A chill of excitement is in the air – embark on the journey!

  1. Saber-Tooth Cat (Smilodon); 2. Baluchitherium; 3. Coelodonta; 4. Doedicurus

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