The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

February 25, 2017 – September 4, 2017 in the Castle Memorial Building

Shrimp that can break through glass? Spider webs that are stronger than steel? Sharks that use their snouts to sense the electrical impulses of their prey? The world’s largest and most complete T. rex? Find out why every living thing—including humans—is a machine built to survive, move, and discover, and explore the ways in which these marvels of natural engineering have inspired ingenious man-made mechanisms.

Come witness how evolution is Earth’s greatest inventor in The Machine Inside: Biomechanics, only at Bishop Museum!

T. Rex replica known as Sue: Sue’s bite was one of the strongest on Earth. She bit down with a force of 12,500 lbs © The Field Museum

Investigate the wonderful ways plants and animals endure Earth’s most extreme elements in The Machine Inside: Biomechanics.

Explore real specimens, lifelike models, amazing video footage, and interactive displays that help you experience how living creatures cope with the never-ending race to remain alive. You’ll be shocked by the surprising supply of pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence-gathering devices with which each organism is equipped.

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Saw Whet Owl: Strong talons and sensitive vision make this night predator a hunting machine. But its uneven ears are what give it a unique advantage in total darkness. © Ron Austing | WildNaturePhotos

Dunkleosteus Model: The extinct armor-headed fish, Dunkleosteus was both fast and powerful when its jaw clamped shut. Field Museum scientists created a life-size model to discover and test the amazing bite force. © The Field Museum

Luna Moth: Male Luna moths have incredibly sensitive antennae that allow them to detect a female over 6 miles away. ©

Wings: Birds are masters of flight, and each species has evolved with different types of wings depending on its needs and environment. See why some birds have long, thin wings, while others have short, broad ones. © The Field Museum, Z95206_08Ad

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