For Educators

Extreme Mammals uses both living and extinct mammals to trace the ancestry and evolution of this remarkable group of animals. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students. 

Educators Guide and Materials


More Resources For Educators


Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Extreme Mammals exhibition.

From the American Museum of Natural History
  • Virtual Tours of the American Museum of Natural History
    http://www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit/popular-tours 
    The Museum's virtual tours include The Hall of Primitive Mammals and the Paul and Irma Milstein Hall of Advanced Mammals in the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing of Mammals and Their Extinct Relatives.
  • Zoology OLogy
    http://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/zoology 
    This site lets younger students explore big ideas about mammals and other animals though games, puzzles, and interactives. They can examine how six cool mammals move, explore the Extreme Mammals photo gallery, play a mammal teeth matching game, and make a moving-mammal flip book.
  • Science Bulletins
    amnh.org/sciencebulletins
    Videos, interactives and essays introduce middle- and high-school students to biologists and conservationists who research mammals and their habitats. Learn about the reintroduction of Mongolia's takhi to its homeland (The Last Wild Horse); the challenge of returning Thailand's captive elephants to the forest (Wild at Heart); the first clone of a threatened species (Cloning and Conservation); and other topics.
Additional Web Links
  • Scholastic Science Explorations, Talking Science: Extreme Mammals
    www2.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=624
    In a series of short videos, Extreme Mammals curator John Flynn talks about extreme mammals, his work as a paleontologist, and what inspired him to become a scientist.
  • The Life of Mammals
    bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/mammals/
    This website supporting David Attenborough's ten-part television series features games, videos, articles, quizzes and many other mammal-related resources.
  • Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History
    mnh.si.edu/mammals/
    Supporting the Smithsonian's Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals, this site's digital resources including a quiz about the characteristics of mammals, a timeline showing how mammals evolved, and an interactive world map showing where mammals live.
  • KidsBiology.com—Animal Database
    kidsbiology.com/animals-for-children.php
    This database includes information on hundreds of mammals for kids to explore.
  • Shepherd Software—Mammals
    sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/profile_mammals.htm
    Kid-friendly pictures and descriptions describe thirteen mammal groups. The site also offers a mammal quiz.
  • National Geographic Video—Mammals
    video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/animals/mammals-animals/
    This site offers a wealth of mammal video clips from the National Geographic archives.
  • How Stuff Works—About Mammals
    animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals
    An expansive library of mammal-related articles and videos.
  • Page Museum: La Brea Tar Pits
    tarpits.org/
    Visit the website of the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world's most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world.
Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Investigate circular and 3D cladograms to see how scientists keep track of species and their evolutionary relationships.