What's on: Armour display

The vulnerable creatures here have met nature's challenge and developed an ingenious method of defence: armour.

Armour display #1

Photographer: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum

Event Type:
Everyday event
09.30 AM to 05.00 PM
Level G, Skeletons Exhibition
Free after admission

How would you protect yourself from predators or harsh conditions if you were a vulnerable or slow-moving animal? The creatures on display here have met that challenge and developed an ingenious method of defence: armour.

Body armour comes in a variety of different forms, whether animals live on land or in the sea. However, there are a limited number of practical and effective designs so you’ll often see them used by animals that are totally unrelated.
What armour types can you see here?

Defensive armour

Many animals rely heavily on their exoskeletons to protect their soft insides from predators and their environment. Some examples are the scales, plates and spines on these animals.
Over time, we have studied the armour used in nature and adapted many of the designs for use in our own conflicts.

Offensive armour

Some animals have grown appendages that are designed specifically as weapons to use when under attack. Some examples are the claws, pincers, clubs and horns on these animals.
From the world’s earliest peoples, we, too, have spent millennia designing offensive and defensive weapons for use in combat.


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