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March Mammal Madness – Bracket Competition

March 5, 2019 - March 13, 2019


A sports tournament involving members of the same species is so dull. Admit it… all humans, all about the same size, same gender, matching limbs and no poison or biting allowed — BORRRING! But not March Mammal Madness, where there are no cute kittens, puppies or baby sloths. This is “nature red in tooth and claw” where contestants battle to the end for glory and survival.

March Mammal Madness 2019 bracket


Winning Bonus! Aside from bragging rights, Illinois Science Council will give the top 2 winners (of point totals) TWO FREE PASSES each to our Chicago Science Fest Expo Day on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the Merchandise Mart. Submit your completed bracket to Mammals@IllinoisScience.org by Wednesday 3/13 at 7:30pm. No late entries allowed after that.

If you aren’t familiar, March Mammal Madness is a tournament of simulated combat between non-human mammals instead of college basketball. Created by Professor Katie Hinde of Arizona State University, the bracket is run by a team of evolutionary biologists who use science and probability to determine the outcomes of the matchups. Scientific literature is cited to substantiate likely outcomes as a probabilistic function of the two species’ attributes within the battle environment. Attributes considered in calculating battle outcome include temperament, weaponry, armor, body mass, running speed, fight style, physiology, and motivation. March Mammal Madness is an awesome way to learn about the animal kingdom and increase awareness for animal conservation, while throwing serious trash talk against rivals who threaten your dominance for master of the bracket.

Each round will be “played” on twitter at #2019MMM or @2019MMMletsgo (a curated twitter account of bout tweets, not spectator trash talk) where that round’s winner will be announced. Winners will also be shown on the official site here.

Learn all about Mammal Madness’ creators, this year’s divisions, FAQs and more at the HQ blogspot site. Follow along on Facebook too.  Complete your ISC bracket now! The first division (Jump Jump) starts on Wednesday 3/13 at 7:30pm CT. You have until then to submit your completed bracket – just take a clear photo or scan – to Mammals@IllinoisScience.org for a chance at 2 FREE passes to the Chicago Science Festival on 5/18.




March 5, 2019
March 13, 2019


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