Educators' Evenings

Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species Educators' Evening

September 25, 2015

Chambered Nautilus

Chambered nautiluses are sometimes called living fossils because they so closely resemble ancient cephalopods like ammonites. 

Image courtesy of T.B. Smith 

Join us on Friday, September 25 for an evening celebrating our latest exhibition Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing SpeciesThis is an opportunity for teachers to view the exhibition, hear from the curators who worked on the exhibit, network with other educators, and gather resources on how to use the exhibit with their students. Participants will receive Educator Guides and related activities that provide tools to align science content with Common Core State Standards in ELA for reading and writing.

Imagine holding your breath for an hour and a half. Enduring temperatures above 300° F and below -458˚ F. Or seeming to cheat death by repeatedly cloning yourself. Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species explores the diverse and sometimes jaw-dropping strategies animals and plants employ to find food, fend off predators, reproduce, and thrive in habitats many would find inhospitable, even lethal.

The exhibition, overseen by Curator Mark Siddall, a parasitologist, and Curator John Sparks, an ichthyologist, introduces visitors to bizarre mating calls, extraordinary examples of parasitism and mimicry, and other amazing means of survival, using specimens, videos, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle.

Live animals on display include the surprisingly powerful mantis shrimp; the jet-powered nautilus; and the axolotl, an entirely aquatic salamander that breathes through external gills. Life at the Limits tells the stories of these and many more creatures across the tree of life—and their unusual approaches to the challenges of living on Earth.

  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Reception
  • 5:00p.m. to 5:45 p.m.: Curator Talk
  • 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Visit the Exhibition

Support for the Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning is provided in part by
The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.


The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges the
Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.


Generous Support for Life at the Limits has been provided by the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.


Life at the Limits is proudly supported by Chase Private Client.