The Machine Inside: Biomechanics is a brand new hands-on exhibit from The Field Museum, Chicago that showcases animals and plants as sophisticated machines that are built for survival – complete with pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence gathering devices.
Using real specimens, models, video footage, and interactive displays, Biomechanics investigates how cheetahs run so fast and fleas jump so far; how the bite force of an extinct fish made it a top predator; how a Venus fly trap detects its next meal; and how many other organisms function as machines in order to survive, move, and discover.
The exhibit also features a replica of The Field Museum’s famous Sue, and the world’s largest and most complete T. rex. No human has ever seen a T. rex in action, but this remarkable specimen gives us an opportunity to study the way she moved, chomped on prey, and saw the world around her.
By delving deep, speeding things up, slowing things down, and presenting the inner-workings of plants and animals, Biomechanics will give you a new appreciation for the machine inside all living things. You’ll walk away wondering what the machine inside YOU is built to do.