The Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals opened in November 2003. This exciting learning environment features 274 mammal specimens, nearly a dozen fossils, and plenty of hands-on interactives. An Evolution Theater and a tiny model of one of the earliest mammals tell the dramatic story of mammal evolution over the past 225 million years.
The exhibit takes visitors around the world to see how mammals have adapted to different habitats, from the sweltering desert to the bone-chilling north. Four Discovery Zones explore mammal adaptations such as night vision and goose bumps.
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