Mammals in Motion
Explore the many methods mammals use to move on land, in water, or through the air. Meet a variety of swimmers, hoppers, walkers, gliders, and flyers from around the globe.
Discover the diversity that results when mammals evolve in separate but similar environments: see Scarrittia, which looks like a rhino or horse but isn’t related to either, and Astrapotherium, which has tusks and a trunk but isn’t an elephant’s ancestor.
Peer into the past of arctic Ellesmere Island to see the effects of climate change on evolution. Find out why an area that once harbored a huge variety of swamp-dwellers, such as the hippo-like Coryphodon, is now home to fewer than a dozen species of land mammals.
Pay homage to species that haven’t survived climate change, habitat loss, and human impact—such as the Tasmanian “wolf,” the last large carnivorous marsupial—and learn how you can help.
Witness what Field Museum scientists and others are doing to document and protect mammals, more than 25 percent of which live on the brink of extinction, and come meet some of the many new species discovered in recent years.