Life at the Limits
On View October 6, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Life may have started as a single celled organism, but four billion years of evolution has created an astonishing amount of plants and animals—each amazingly adapted to its environment. Animals that make their homes in the burning heat of thermal vents. Jungle flowers that smell like rotting flesh. Challenge your expectations and explore the staggering diversity of life as you discover the extreme adaptations that allow organisms to thrive all over the world in this immersive new special exhibit.
Special Event: Join us Saturday, October 6 for Animal Superhero Day!
- Meet the world’s toughest animal! Not a bear. Not a tiger. It’s the mighty Tardigrade. Despite their small size, tardigrades can survive the vacuum of space and ocean depths. See these amazingly indestructible animals at 200 billion times their actual size.
- See, and if you dare, smell, a life size model of Rafflesia arnoldii. More commonly known as the corpse flower, this flower smells similar to rotting meat and can grow to about three feet in diameter.
- Is it a poisonous lionfish? A deadly sea snake? Or even a venomous flatfish? All of the above! Discover the secrets of the mimic octopus—if you can even find it. These wily cephalopods can disguise themselves as other creatures to fool their predators and stay alive.
- Hear the calls of the hammer headed fruit bat, winter wren, pig frog, and others. Decode their different messages to learn about just what exactly animals are saying to each other.
Cost: Free with museum admission and CityPASS. Members free.
Plan Your Visit
Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org).
Sponsored in part by
Additional support provided by The Frances Wood Wilson Foundation.
Dates are subject to change without notice.