Photo by Evan Hauser
Nature & Display
Myself standing in front of the wooly mammoth display --- Photo by Evan Hauser
I found the Wolly Mammoth exhibit to be particularly interesting because of the sheer size of the animal. It's especially interesting to me as I am usually the tallest person around, and seeing an animal that was at least twice as tall and extremely muscular made me feel small. This was the first time I had felt this feeling in over a few years. I thought the design was interesting because the mammoth is the first thing you see when you walk in the main lounge area. It's impossible to ignore, and immediately captures the visitors' eye. The location makes it impossible to miss! I learned a part of how our ancestors used to live; they used to fight and fear wooly mammoths. It's hard for me to imagine how exactly our ancestors were able to bring this giant animal down. Through another medium, say a painting, the viewer would not be able to understand the sheer size of this creature and would be less able to take themselves back in time. In addition, elephants were my favorite animal as a kid so seeing the similarity between them and holly mammoths was enjoyable for me.
Nature & Ethics
Myself standing in front of the water conservation exhibit -- Photo by Evan Hauser
At the Florida Natural Museum of History, I was able to see how everything, including humans, is part of a "biotic community". Everything affects the ecosystem and our planet in some way. The water conservation exhibit opened my eyes regarding that we should help the land and fix the issues we've caused - not just water - instead of just using the earth for economic resources. I felt guilty and responsible for the damaged that I and past generations have caused. Honestly, once I left that particular exhibit, I did not focus too much on the issue. Instead, I diverted my attention to the other exhibits. The friends that I was with also had the same reaction to the water conservation exhibit. Overall, the museum made everything seem connected to each other by juxtaposing certain exhibits. There seemed to be a "flow". I do not think I was moved by the water conservation exhibit that I would change my behavior, but it did make me think of some key issues I had never thought of before.
Nature & the Human Spirit
Comparing my size to the jaws of a Megaladon -- Photo by Evan Hauser
Like I said earlier in this Spark story, some of the exhibits took me back in time. Standing next to the megaladon jaws had the same effect on me. I and scientists know that everything was much larger a few million years ago. There is a significant amount of debate as to whether the megaladon actually existed, but the stupendous size of this took me into a world where I felt that I was the prey. This was a little shocking to me as, today, humans are at the top of the food chain and we face no major predators. This piece helped me understand, again, the world of our ancestors and makes me wonder just how they survived. It also makes me think, "Why is everything so much smaller now?"