Age of the Mammals

Enter the Age of the Mammals, a survey of the Cenozoic era. Explore cornerstones of the Ice Age, from gregarious carnivores to massive herbivores.

Watch members of an Australopithecus family engage in routine activities in a cave in Africa: a mother cradling her baby, a father keeping a lookout for threats, and a juvenile banging a bone against a rock while another chomps on food. Spend a day in the life of a Smilodon (saber-toothed cat): frolic in the snow with a Smilodon pack, and listen to a Smilodon bellow as it attacks a Megatherium (sloth).

Then enter the land of herbivores. Stand beneath a Platybelodon slicing vegetation with its jaw like a scythe. Travel the tundra with a massive woolly mammoth, and then wallow in the mud with the largest land mammal to have ever lived, a Baluchitherium. Witness the gigantic, flightless Diatryma wandering near a watering hole, while a Coelodonta (woolly rhinoceros) roams the snowy landscape in search of grasses to eat. Walk with the truck-sized Doedicurus, an ancestor of the modern-day armadillo, and a dog-sized Hyracotherium, the first horse predecessor, as they munch on vegetation.

Feel the weight of a mammoth tooth, and touch a piece of mammoth hair and skin.

A chill of excitement is in the air – embark on the journey!

Australopithecus Family

Members of an Australopithecus family engage in routine activities in a cave in Africa: a mother cradles her baby, a father keeps a lookout for threats, and a juvenile bangs a bone against a rock while another chomps on food.

Baluchitherium

A Baluchitherium wallows in the mud after browsing on vegetation.

Platybelodon

A Platybelodon cuts vegetation to eat with its lower jaw.

Diatryma

The gigantic, flightless Diatryma wanders near a watering hole.

Seven Hyracotherium

A herd of Hyracotherium browses on fruit and foliage.

Doedicurus

The armored Doedicurus whips its powerful club-tail in self-defense in South America.

Coelodonta

A Coelodonta searches for grass to munch on in Eurasia.

Smilodon Family (Two Adults & Two Young)

Two Smilodon adults lounge about while their cubs wrestle in the snow.

Smilodon & Megatherium

A Smilodon bellows as it attacks the massive Megatherium.

Woolly Mammoth

A woolly mammoth chews on grasses in the icy tundra.

Mammoth Hair & Skin

Touch a piece of mammoth hair and skin.

Mammoth Tooth

Push on the handle to feel the weight a mammoth tooth.