What are body coverings?
A body covering is an animal’s external clothing. It can be fur or feathers, skin or scales--anything that protects or adorns an animal’s body. Each body covering serves a purpose, protecting an animal from injury, keeping them warm, or communicating to members of their community. Together, body coverings tell the story of an animal’s evolution--it’s past, present, and changing future.
Clothes and hair
In this section, get to know the important exterior parts of The Mels, such as clothing and hair. These body coverings evolve as a Mel evolves. They can be studied to reveal the internal self-identity of a Mel that have changed or stayed the same, showing when and how a Mel self-evolved. But adaptations in clothing and hair also change the way a Mel relates to herself and to others. Therefore, these changes can be both a cause and effect of self-evolution. So while the Mel-body is preserved separately through the birth and death of each Mel, preserving its general shape, body coverings adapt with each self-evolution.
Step into a Mel's world.
Enter into this exhibit and come face-to-face with the first species capable of self evolution. Alongside pinned specimens of The Mels' clothing, find models of her hairstyles, crafted by the current living Mel-version, Mel(v.7). Learn how to identify one Mel-version from the next through these recreations.