1. This fearsome fossil is Ursus spelaeus, a cave bear that lived 14,000 years ago. 
Cave bears, although related to the largest living bears the Arctic, lived only in Europe. Cave finds in the Alps are evidence that the bears’ habitat extended up to altitudes of 6,300 feet. Most of the tens of thousands of remains found are of young and old animals that died during hibernation. Skull accumulations and depictions in cave paintings show that the Bears were important to ice age humans.
This fossil is located in the Hall of Advanced Mammals. 

    This fearsome fossil is Ursus spelaeus, a cave bear that lived 14,000 years ago. 

    Cave bears, although related to the largest living bears the Arctic, lived only in Europe. Cave finds in the Alps are evidence that the bears’ habitat extended up to altitudes of 6,300 feet. Most of the tens of thousands of remains found are of young and old animals that died during hibernation. Skull accumulations and depictions in cave paintings show that the Bears were important to ice age humans.

    This fossil is located in the Hall of Advanced Mammals

  2. Getting excited for the Belmont Stakes today?
Horses have been bred for speed for hundreds of years. They are one of the world’s fastest land animals—a galloping horse can top 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour! Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that almost everywhere horses are found, people love putting their speed to the test.

Learn what makes a great racehorse and why horse racing is known as the "sport of kings."

    Getting excited for the Belmont Stakes today?

    Horses have been bred for speed for hundreds of years. They are one of the world’s fastest land animals—a galloping horse can top 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour! Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that almost everywhere horses are found, people love putting their speed to the test.

    Learn what makes a great racehorse and why horse racing is known as the "sport of kings."

  3. From the Archives: Hummingbird vs. Giant Elephant Bird
A Museum preparator works on an exhibit that compares the bone of a giant elephant bird with a tiny hummingbird skeleton. (1948)
AMNH/321345

    From the Archives: Hummingbird vs. Giant Elephant Bird

    A Museum preparator works on an exhibit that compares the bone of a giant elephant bird with a tiny hummingbird skeleton. (1948)

    AMNH/321345

  4. Whales: Giants of the Deep opens in just one week! Get a look at the work going on behind the scenes.

© AMNH/R. Mickens

    Whales: Giants of the Deep opens in just one week! Get a look at the work going on behind the scenes.

    © AMNH/R. Mickens

  5. A Prestosuchus…about to munch on a visitor
Photo by Denis

    Prestosuchus…about to munch on a visitor

    Photo by Denis