Exhibit News

 Sea Monsters Unearthed

SEA MONSTERS UNEARTHED: Exhibit opens at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, November 2018.

Fossil head

NPR Morning Edition:  Scientists Unveil Ancient Sea Monsters Found In Angola. When the South Atlantic Ocean was young, sea monsters ruled it.

 marine turtle fossil

SMITHSONIAN VOICES Q&A: Sea Monsters in Our Ancient Oceans Were Strangely Familiar.  Stunning fossils reveal that Angola’s ancient ocean ecosystem was at once strange and familiar.

 SMU Core Team

ISEM NEWSLETTER 2018. Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola's Ancient Seas. The Opening: from SMU to Washington, DC.


MOSASAURS AND MARDI GRAS: Smithsonian's ancient creature exhibit inspires Chief Shaka Zulu's 2023 Mardi Gras suit.


"Big Chief Shaka Zulu’s suit, with its prehistoric fossil sea monsters, its Louisiana magnolia blossoms, and its allusion to slavery, brings our Earth history, human history, and American history together in the art and culture of New Orleans."   - Louis Jacobs