It’s been a while since I posted anything on WordPress. Several reasons, which I won’t go into! Let’s just say I needed a rest.
So many things have happened since my last post that I decided to work backwards with the latest happenings first, for the most part.
I seem to have a habit of leaving things to the last minute. This includes museum exhibits. Often I attend exhibits on the last day even though I know about them months in advance. So, my visit to Extreme Mammals at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum (NHM for short) was on September 10, the last day.
I didn’t know for sure I was really going up until about an hour before I left for the train. But as I’m a member I hate to miss any exhibits that are part of my membership. So I went on my own (except for the company of my Inner Child, of course).
From the website: For over 200 million years, mammals have inhabited the Earth. In this epic evolutionary journey, mammals lived with—and even ate—dinosaurs, swam in the ocean, flew in the air, and became the fastest land animals of all time!
The photo at the top of the page is of an Indricotherium, the largest mammal to ever walk the earth. It weighed up to 20 tons and lived about 23 million years ago. However, a larger mammal lives today: the Blue Whale, ten to twenty times the size of the Indricotheriume . It can grow that large due to the buoyancy of water. The Blue Whale is the largest animal, mammal or otherwise, ever known!
Batodonoides was the smallest mammal, living about 50 million years ago. It could climb up your pencil (if you were around 50 million years ago and there were pencils) and was as light as a dollar bill.
As the sign states, there are more than 5,400 species of mammals alive today.
This sign board explains a lot!
This Synthetocerus tricornatus doesn’t look terribly cuddly. In all instances, horns evolved in animals whose ancestors had no headgear at all.
For millions of years plant-eating glyptodonts the size of cars roamed North and South America. Their closest living relatives are armadillos.
This Macrauchenia was known for being very nosy… sorry…
Yes, a walking whale!
Mammoths living on the islands off the coast of Ventura (just north of Los Angeles) were half the size of mammoths on the mainland due to their isolation, lack of big predators and limited food resources.
Jaws of a Columbian Mammoth and a Pygmy Mammoth.
Ellsmere Island, a mere 600 miles from the North Pole, 50 million years ago. A great stopping place for a cruise.
Beautifully preserved Scarrittia lived in Argentina 29 to 24 million years ago.
Paleontologists have unearthed more than three million fossils at La Brea Tar Pits (next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, shells, and plants.
Ninety-nine percent of all mammals and other species that have ever lived on Earth are extinct.
Pretty soon it’s going to be 100% including you and me! Maybe not quite 100%… the cockroaches will survive…