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Mythic Creatures Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

Tengu netsuke: This mid-18th-century netsuke portrays a tengu (a Japanese mythological bird) emerging from a giant egg.
Tengu netsuke: This mid-18th-century netsuke portrays a tengu (a Japanese mythological bird) emerging from a giant egg. ( (c) D. Finnin/AMNH )
Protoceratops: Millions of years before humans arrived in the Gobi, some parts of the desert were home to strange animals that seemed to combine body parts of eagles and lions.
Protoceratops: Millions of years before humans arrived in the Gobi, some parts of the desert were home to strange animals that seemed to combine body parts of eagles and lions. ( (c) D. Finnin/AMNH )
Dragon model: This 17-foot-long dragon with a wingspan of over 19 feet guards the entrance to Mythic Creatures.
Dragon model: This 17-foot-long dragon with a wingspan of over 19 feet guards the entrance to Mythic Creatures. ( (c) D. Finnin/AMNH )
Six-year-olds Aidan Obstler and Sophie Edelman use magnets to arrange mammoth bones to form the skeleton of a mythical giant.
Six-year-olds Aidan Obstler and Sophie Edelman use magnets to arrange mammoth bones to form the skeleton of a mythical giant. ( (c) R. Mickens )
Grad student Sterling Nesbitt (center left) excavates new finds at Ghost Ranch with Dr. Kevin Padian, U.C. Berkeley (center right w/knee pads) who is this dig's project director.
Grad student Sterling Nesbitt (center left) excavates new finds at Ghost Ranch with Dr. Kevin Padian, U.C. Berkeley (center right w/knee pads) who is this dig's project director. ( (c) Bill Reeves )
On display at the American Museum of Natural History, a fossil of an oviraptorid dinosaur that died while sitting on its nest of eggs in the Gobi Desert. Note the two eggs to the right and the oviraptorid's two crescent shaped claws. ( (c) David Clark )
IMAX crew prepares for an early morning shot at the famous Flaming Cliffs of Mongolia.
IMAX crew prepares for an early morning shot at the famous Flaming Cliffs of Mongolia. ( (c) Duncan Clark )
At the Flaming Cliffs in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, American Museum of Natural History paleontologists Mark Norell (left) and Mike Novacek (right) examine a fossilized oviraptor egg.
At the Flaming Cliffs in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, American Museum of Natural History paleontologists Mark Norell (left) and Mike Novacek (right) examine a fossilized oviraptor egg. ( (c) Bill Reeve )
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