Meet your Relatives

Part of the Extreme Mammals exhibition.

Mammals are everywhere, from extreme environments like the frigid Arctic ice to the hottest desert. An amazing assortment of mammals swim, glide, burrow, run, hop, climb trees, or even fly. Despite the sometimes extreme differences among mammals, we all still have a few things in common--like three tiny bones in our middle ear.

When you look at the entire 200-million-year history of mammals--from the ones that ate dinosaurs to ones that weigh no more than a dollar bill--you're guaranteed to find surprises.