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.
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.
Continue tracking mythic creatures through the art they've inspired and the science they've helped shape with this collection of related Web sites.
Curriculum Collection, Educator Guide
Humans, like all species, are a product of evolution. Help students understand the evolutionary story of our taxonomic family with this practical and printable exhibit guide.
Explore your ancestral past and the 22nd-century possibilities of DNA research with this collection of kid-friendly titles selected for the Hall of Human Origins.
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."
Can you tell the difference between a giraffe's bones and those from a mammoth? Test your knowledge of fossils.
How do your fossil-sorting skills stack up? Put them to the test with this kid-friendly online puzzle.
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.
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.