The Chicago Tribune Reviews Extreme Mammals

The Chicago Tribune recently highlighted Extreme Mammals, an exhibition focused on what makes mammals some of the most extreme creatures in the world. With “eerily lifelike models of extinct mammals and remarkable skeletons,” visitors can come nose-to-snout with some of the most fascinating animals, both living and extinct. The first life-size model to greet visitors is the Indricotherium, the largest land mammal that ever lived, and right next to it is the smallest, a shrew-like Batodonoides. This exhibition showcases some of the wildest characteristics known to man, who visitors will learn is actually pretty extreme himself. Collection manager of fossil vertebrates Bill Simpson explains that one of our most interesting characteristics is "our extremely large brain, which gave us a key evolutionary advantage, helping to free up our hands for hunting." To learn more, visit The Chicago Tribune website here.