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March Mammal Madness: Round One!

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Round 1 voting has passed. Look for Round 2 voting starting Friday, March 15!

The “Name Your Ancestor” contest resulted in more than 1,000 name suggestions for the hypothetical common placental ancestor that scientists described last month.

The top 32 contestants, as selected by the Museum and WNYC’s Radiolab, range from serious to silly.

Mammal Ancestor Circle

Carl Buell


Starting today, we need your help to pick the winning moniker for this small, furry, insect-eating mammal.  To participate in the first round of March Mammal Madness, simply pick your favorite names in the 16 match ups in the link below. 

TO VOTE, click here! 

You have until 5 pm EDT on Thursday, March 14, to make your selections.

The second round of voting starts Friday, March 15, so check back to vote again after that.

Future rounds:

Round 3: Wednesday, March 20-Friday, March 22

Round 4: Monday, March 25-Wednesday, March 27

Championship: Monday, April 1-Wednesday, April 3

The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 4!

TO VOTE in the first round of March Mammal Madness, click here. 

Here's a bracket to print out.

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