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Early Explorers & Mistaken Identities

Setting sail without a map wasn't the only concern facing European explorers. Their heads had also been filled with tales of monsters lurking in the oceans' depths.

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Investigate Mysterious Creatures

The elusive giant squid was first described 500 years ago by Scandinavian sailors. Investigate what we've learned--and what still remains unknown--about this mysterious deep-ocean creature.

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Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Glossary

What are evolutionary trees? How do hominids differ from primates? And why is it important that humans are capable of symbolic thought? Find out with this guide from "DNA" to "variation."

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What's This?

Can you tell the difference between a giraffe's bones and those from a mammoth? Test your knowledge of fossils.

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Layers of Time

How do your fossil-sorting skills stack up? Put them to the test with this kid-friendly online puzzle.

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What's This?

Can you tell, just by looking at it, if a pygmy loris is a rodent, a primate, or a raccoon's relative? Put your knowledge of Vietnam's animals to the test.

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What's this?

Have you ever seen a mermaid wearing a cowboy hat? Or an animal other than a unicorn with a long, spiraled tusk? Put your knowledge of mythic creatures to the test.

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Make Your Own Mythic Mask or Puppet

What happens when cyclops, the one-eyed giant from Greek mythology, meets Indonesia's shaggy lion-like Barong? Well, that's all up to you. Don these masks and tell your own mythic tale. 

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