"Mammals in the Limelight" Exhibition Opens

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"Mammals in the Limelight," opens in the National Museum of Natural History as a permanent exhibition. The exhibition consists of murals showing environmental changes of North America by depicting the landscape as it was 50, 30, 20, and 10 million years ago. Also included are mounted skeletons, including fox-sized horse, titantothere and giant stegomastodon, which reflect how animals adapted to the environmental changes.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Mammals in the Limelight (Exhibition) (1985: Washington, D.C.)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 405, Box 1, Folder 1985, Calendar of Events May 1985.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


May 30, 1985


  • Animals
  • Mural painting and decoration
  • Exhibitions
  • Exhibit openings
  • Skeleton
  • Mammals

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