Mammoths and dinosaurs:
interpreting natural extinction
Mammoth and dinosaur fossils were among the missing links to understanding life during the planet’s 4.5-billion-year history. The artists who interpreted these discoveries presented convincing visions of animals roaming primeval habitats shaped by geological changes over vast epochs. These revelations, which contributed to what is now called “deep time” were first published in best-selling, illustrated books and magazines. Sharing these startling views of Earth’s past became a popular form of family entertainment.
The artworks featured in this section of the exhibition draw attention to the concept of extinction, both natural and man-made, as represented by selections of historic illustrated books, as well as paintings.