Evolution And Migration Of Mammals Essay

1283 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
“It’s the first permanent museum exhibit to trace mammal evolution – from the extinction of large dinosaurs to the rise of humans – within the context of epochal changes in the Earth’s geology and climate.” That is the summary Dr. John Harris, lead curator for the Age of Mammals exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, gives about the exhibit. While to some, this description may seem vague, the museum sees it as a way of focusing on “telling a more complicated, ‘big picture story’ of mammal life” (NHM.org, Age of Mammals). However, in choosing to look at the bigger picture, the Age of Mammals exhibit loses organization and key details of evolution. For the most part, the exhibit displays Dr. Harris’ message well. The majority of the first floor is dedicated to how changes in the Earth’s geology and climate have affected both the evolution and migration of mammals. At the entrance of the exhibit, a sign explains that after the dinosaurs became extinct, “mammals became the dominant large animals on land, and also took to the air and adapted to life in the oceans” (NHMLA, Evolutionary Explosion). It further backs up this point by having fossils of land, air, and sea creatures on display. While some of these species have gone extinct completely, there are some that have adapted to survive to the present day (e.g. zebras, etc.) and the museum has placed taxidermy replicas right beside the fossils. I think this is a great way to keep things in perspective by…

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