July 18–19 Sharks, Spiders, Pterosaurs and more!
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This weekend come to Museum to discover an array of animals whose evolutionary history began more than 200 million years ago. From the predators at the top of the oceanic food chain in the film Great White Shark, to the 16 different species of spiders in Spiders Alive! to and the soaring creatures in Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs you’ll be amazed at what you see.
Great White Shark
Sharks have inhabited the oceans for 400 million years. Great White Shark, a giant screen movie, playing in 2D and 3D at the Lefrak Theater, takes viewers around the world to explore the strength, beauty, and the vulnerability to extinction of this much-misunderstood animal.
Scientists have identified more than 44,500 spider species, tracing their evolution back 300 million years, but there is still much more to learn about the biodiversity of the order Araneae. Watch Museum curator Norman Platnick and his team on an expedition to the Ecuadorian forest to collect and identify scores of tiny goblin spiders. Then head to the exhibition Spiders Alive! to see more than a dozen species up close and personal!
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs
Pterosaurs ruled the skies between 220 and 66 million years ago. They were the first animals after insects to develop powered flight and evolved into dozens of species. Some were as large as a small airplane, and others as small as a sparrow. See pterosaur fossils and learn about how pterosaurs flew in the exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs.
The Evolution of Our Sense of Smell
This weekend is your opportunity to go inside the Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins to learn about the evolution of smell through hands-on activities, including sending and receiving scents using a new digital device called the oPhone. Learn more about the program.