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Mammals, Nature's Weirdest Creations

Photo Credit: Ben Vanourek

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science proudly presents “Extreme Mammals” which opened on Friday, September 23, 2016 and runs through January 8, 2017. The exhibit is free with your paid admission to the museum.
 
At the Extreme Mammals exhibit, you will learn about many interesting and exotic mammals. For example, the largest mammal to ever walk the earth (Indricotherium), a mammal that ate dinosaurs (Repenomamus), a dinosaur that was like a miniature tank (Glyptodont), and a giant sloth!
 
At the beginning of the exhibit, there will be a photo opportunity with a giant poster that you can use to take a picture of your kids in front of. It shows a few types of animals and is a cool background. After that you come to the Indricotherium (the world’s largest mammal), a giant relative of the rhinoceros that is the size of 3 or 4 adult African elephants! Along the way to other models, you will see several fossils and information about the fossils.
 
You will come to basically a display case of about 17-20 different types of mammal skulls, some large and some small. You then see an orange tinted giant sloth (Paramylodon) that lived a couple of million years ago (a prehistoric Colorado mammal!) and to the other side there is the largest relative of an elk to ever run the earth which has very large antlers. There is actually a skull that is a fossil (real!) that was found in a digging site.
 
The glyptodont is basically a giant mammal version of a turtle that has a shell which is almost impenetrable. It is extinct now.
 
There was also part of the exhibit that showed a pangolin. It is like a giant armadillo that lives in the trees of southern Asia.
 
There were areas that you could dress up in animal costume parts and stand in front one of 3 background screens. For example, you could mix a lemur tail and bear paws with bat wings! This part was a lot of fun!
 
There is also a small part of the exhibit that focuses on tar pits and some of the unique mammals of South America due to its isolation in the past.
 
Finally, at the end of the exhibit, you can do a final photo op (using a green screen) and explore the gift shop.
 
I recommend this exhibit for ages 6 to 78. Under the age of 6, I think some items may scare the kids. I thought the length of the exhibit was perfect. You could make it a 30 minute visit or 3 ½ hour visit depending on how much you explore.

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