Life at the Limits

April 4, 2015 — January 3, 2016



Tardigrades can enter a state known as 'cryptobiosis' in which they are nearly impossible to kill. 
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Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species 

Over billions of years, living things have evolved from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of life forms—a spectacle of behaviors, specialized parts, and exacting skills. Some species are familiar. But others are so amazing that they test the limits of our imagination.

No matter how extraordinary certain plants and animals seem to us, their unusual features often address the most ordinary of tasks: To reproduce, breathe and move around. To sense the world. To find food and safety. 

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the

Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.

Generous support for Life at the Limits has been provided by the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

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