Countdown to Zero
Date: Through January 2, 2017
The challenges of eliminating devastating diseases are enormous, but
successful strategies can bring about colossal social and economic
benefits. Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, a new exhibition about
scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient
afflictions, developed in collaboration with The Carter Center, focuses
on several global efforts that have been able to contain, eliminate, or
eradicate disease. Chief among these is the 30-year campaign that may
soon eradicate Guinea worm disease, positioning it to become only the
second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox. The exhibition
also highlights the ongoing programs to eliminate polio and prospects
for more localized elimination of river blindness, lymphatic filariasis,
The latest must-see exhibit at the Museum: The largest dinosaur ever discovered, a cast of a 122-foot-long titanosaur.
Paleontologists suggest this dinosaur, a giant herbivore that belongs to
a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 77 tons—as much as
14 or 15 African elephants. The species lived in the forests of today’s
Patagonia about 100 to 95 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous
period, and is one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered.
The remains were excavated in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina
by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio led by José
Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, who received his Ph.D. at the American
Museum of Natural History.
Inspired by the book Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History
, this exhibition includes 46 exquisite reproductions from 33 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works.
The world’s oceans abound with a truly astonishing diversity of life forms. Beginning some 400 years ago, European voyages of discovery began mapping the globe, and knowledge of ocean life flourished as never before. These explorers documented their discoveries in illustrated books—by sketching their own specimens or collaborating with artists and engravers—resulting in images that communicate the anatomy, life cycles, habits—and sheer beauty—of newfound marine species.