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The Museum’s Osteology Hall displays bones from the extensive collections in Vertebrate Zoology, including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Students can observe a variety of skeletons grouped by their evolutionary relationships and see for themselves the comparative anatomy of vertebrates.

Next to the Hall of Bones is the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians. There, life-size displays illustrate the eating habits, defenses, and locomotion of a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Reptiles on view include a preserved king cobra, reticulated python, and boa constrictors from the Malayan and Amazonian jungles; sea turtles; crocodiles; and lizards.

Expand Your Experience:

Mobile App

A Hall through New Eyes: Skin & Bones

Skin & Bones is a must-have for anyone visiting the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. The app has a special way to "see" skeletons on display in the Bone Hall. Available for iPhone and iPad.

Web-based Student Activity

North American Mammals Bones and Teeth Collection

Students can search the website of North American Mammals to compare and contrast the dental and skeletal features of mammals representing their unique adaptations. Each North American mammal has its own page containing life history and geographic information, specimen photos, scientific illustration, photos of living mammals, recorded vocalizations, and a glossary of scientific terms.

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