Friday, March 8, 2013

Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit

Yesterday we drove up to Denver to visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as part of a co-op class through our homeschool group. Specifically, we were there to see the Mammoths and Mastodon's exhibit.

It was an amazing exhibit, not only because of the wonderful artifacts and displays, but because it felt so "local". Unlike the Pompeii exhibit we visited a year or so ago, this was "our" history...  these creatures could have literally walked in our backyard, and many of the artifacts came from Snowmass Colorado. (Read about the Snowmass site here: http://www.snowmassiceage.com/ )



We especially enjoyed seeing the replica of Lyuba, an almost perfectly preserved infant mammoth, found in Siberia back in 2007. (Read more about her here:   LYUBA if you'd like.)



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The full size models of mastodons, mammoths, and other ice age animals were also amazing...





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Yes, I did take the children.... here is the evidence. :)



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There were plenty of fossils and fossil replicas...



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As well as some fossils recently found at a site in Holyoke Colorado, that are still encased in their protective plaster casing while they are being carefully uncovered.



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This is from an ice age bison... The horns are 7' from tip to tip!

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The space itself was beautiful and interactive.



I found it fascinating to think about early man co-existing with some of these huge creatures...



What an incredible way to spend a few hours!

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