Jaws that crush more than 8,000 pounds and ears that act as air conditioners. These are just some of the workings of plants and animals explored in the Natural History Museum of Utah’s new special exhibition, “Nature’s Ultimate Machines,” opening Saturday.

The exhibit features more than 130 specimens, to-scale models, interactive displays and biomimicry innovations to illustrate the great diversity of biological designs, and how plants and animals rely on finely tuned natural devices to move, adapt and survive.

“If you’ve ever wondered why a woodpecker never gets a headache or how fleas can jump so high, Nature’s Ultimate Machine has the answers,” Sarah George, museum executive director, said in a news release. “The entire exhibit is an exploration of how living things work on the inside and even explores where scientists get their inspiration to create prosthetic limbs.”

The exhibit runs through Sept. 3. For hours and ticket information, visit nhmu.utah.edu/ultimate.