In 1983, Maxilla & Mandible, Ltd. first opened its doors as “The World’s First and Only Osteological Store.” Based in the global epicenter of New York City, Maxilla & Mandible quickly gained fame and prestige, becoming a “World Renowned Natural History and Science Emporium.” The store soon expanded its scope to incorporate all branches of the natural sciences, growing its staff to include paleontologists, entomologists, osteologists, anthropologists, sculptors, and master craftsmen.
With a strong commitment to education, Maxilla & Mandible designed, created, and constructed many museum exhibits, both permanent and traveling. Maxilla & Mandible has sponsored programs for the reintroduction of insect species into the wild, as well as helped finance research projects on biodiversity. We have also discovered many new and exciting fossil species, donating these scientifically important specimens to museums around the world. Our reputation and support is understandably immense—museums, universities, and scientific and zoological organizations have all recognized Maxilla & Mandible as a powerful catalyst, bridging the gap between the public and scientific communities.
The Original Crest
Our original “crest” unifies the symbols for Nature, Science, and Art. At the center is Leonardo da Vinci’s ideally proportioned “Vitruvian Man,” representing universal order.
This is framed by the harmonic relationship of circle to square. Since antiquity, the circle has been considered the ideal pattern of the universal heavenly realm, while the square was seen as the geometric symbol of the material world.
The “Vitruvian Man” is set into the facade of a classical temple, which also symbolizes the ultimate artistic and mathematical achievements of antiquity. Within the temple’s pediment (its triangle gable) are the larger quadrupeds, which stand for the great landmasses of the world: the elephant (Africa), the Indian rhinoceros (Asia), and the bison (North America).
In the metopes of the frieze are a crystal, fish, beetle, and shell—which stand for the various fields of Nature. Set to either side of the temple are a pair of calipers and paintbrush (to the left), signifying Science and Art, and the skull of Greater Kudu (to the right), representing osteology.
All of this is enclosed by a wreath made up of a laurel branch—a symbol of artistic and athletic achievement in classical antiquity—and an oak leaf branch with acorns—symbols of civic heroism.
Maxilla & Mandible, Ltd Video Reel
Watch a quick video overview highlighting the many acknowledgments that Maxilla & Mandible has received over the years.
Our past and present at a glance—scroll through a brief history of Maxilla & Mandible.
People’s Magazine (vol.25, no.3) publishes a featurette covering founder Henry Galiano’s roots and humanitarianism. For the first time, Maxilla & Mandible receives national and international exposure.
Maxilla & Mandible launches their first website, allowing visitors to virtually experience the store and learn more about the organization’s other projects. Finally, after great demand, Maxilla & Mandible’s beloved products are available for online purchase.
By chance, Maxilla & Mandible finds a fossilized skull within a box of geological and tribal curios. After consulting with the American Museum of Natural History, who ensure its authenticity, Maxilla & Mandible returns the skull back to its homeland, Indonesia, for further study.