Newly identified saber-toothed cat is one of largest in history
IMNH specimens helped to identify a giant saber-toothed cat that lived in North America between 5 million and 9 million years ago, weighing up to 900 pounds and hunting prey that likely weighed 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, scientists reported today in a new study.
Plan A Visit - Gallery Closed May 10-28, 2021
Skulls, Everyone's Got One Now Open
The exhibition will feature over 100 skulls from the IMNH collections and 3D printing. The range in size from over 7 feet to less than an inch. See a minke whale, great hammerhead shark, Diabloceratops, birds, lizards, and skulls like yours. Pose in front of the wall of spikes, a showcase of horns, antlers, bumps, knobs, and frills animals use to live their life. From giant saltwater crocodiles to dinosaurs, whales, and bison, you will never look in the mirror the same way again!
Tuesday: 12 - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 12 - 5 p.m.
Friday: 12 - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 5 p.m.
*Admin Offices Open
Adult (18+): $7
Senior (60+): $5
Youth (4-17): $3
Children 3 and under: Free
ISU student: Free*
Corporate/Group: $3/adult $1.50/child**
Active Military & Veterans: 20% Discount *
*With appropriate ID
**To schedule call (208) 282-3168
Complimentary parking is available in the Idaho State University's General Parking Lot 01, on the west-side of the pine trees. Can be accessed at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Dillon Street. Parking is marked for Museum Patrons. If museum parking is full a pass can be obtained at the front desk.
Your Safety is our Priority
The Museum has procedures to limit the number of guests in the gallery at one time, regularly sanitize interactive spaces after each group, and conduct deeper cleaning before each day. Face coverings are required at the Museum and will be provided complimentary with the purchase of admission. If you are concerned about waiting please call ahead (208) 282-3317.
Mother's Day Special
We want to help celebrate the special female caregivers in your life. This Mother's Day weekend all moms get in for FREE.
Science and Research News
These Prehistoric Sharks Had Jaws Shaped Like Circular Saws and Sawtoothed Sciss
By Riley Black
APRIL 2, 2021
Imagine a great white shark with a set of sawtoothed scissors for a mouth. Ridiculous as that image might seem at first, such a creature once swam through Earth’s seas. More than 300 million years ago, Edestus giganteous bit through its fishy prey with a set of thin, blade like jaws with each serrated tooth set in line right behind the last. There’s nothing quite like this fish alive today, and paleontologists have only recently been able to piece together the relevant clues to understand Edestus and other strange shark relatives from the deep past.
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