Extreme Mammals at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Ambulocetus was a “walking whale” that lived nearly 50 million years ago. This artist's representation is part of the Extreme Mammals exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
An artist's rendering of a now extinct horned beaver that once lived in central Colorado is part of the Extreme Mammals exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
A fossil of a now extinct horned beaver that once lived in central Colorado near Salida. It's on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Indricotherium is the largest land mammal ever discovered. A fully grown adult weighed up to 20 tons—the weight of three or four adult African elephants, which are the largest land mammals alive today. Indricotherium lived in the forests of central Asia between about 34 and 23 million years ago. Its closest living relative is the rhinoceros. This reconstruction is currently on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Paleontologist Tyler Lyson at left and other Denver Museum of Nature and Science staffers demonstrate the mammal makeover section of the exhibit.
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Denver Museum staffers, including paleontologist Tyler Lyson at left, use a green screen to do a selfie with some extreme mammals.
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This story originally aired Oct. 13, 2016.
Did you know central Colorado was once home to horned beavers? Can you imagine an elk with antlers spanning 7 feet?
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has a new exhibit called
Extreme Mammals featuring fossils and reconstructions of these bizarre creatures along with plenty of others both living and extinct.
Paleontologist Tyler Lyson helped put the exhibit together. "Most mammals are extreme in one sense or another," he says.
A few of the extreme animals, now extinct, that once lived in Colorado:
Coryphodon - a large mammal with tusks
Giant ground sloth
Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel spoke with Lyson. The Extreme Mammal exhibit runs through Jan. 8, 2017.