In 2007, a Siberian reindeer herder and his two sons made an
unprecedented discovery, a nearly perfectly preserved
40,000-year-old baby mammoth they named Lyuba (pronounced
Lee-OO-bah). With skin, some hair and the contents of its stomach
intact, Lyuba-which means love in Russian-is the central focus of
Museum's new exhibit, Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice
It has taken the museum two years to tie together the
exhibition, which aims to take families back to the Ice Age, where
mammoths and mastodons were king. "We set out to make this
exhibition a very family-geared exhibition," says Tom Skwerski, the
project manager for exhibitions at The Field. They have also
produced a children's book, named after the exhibit.
Visitors will learn how scientists study creatures from the
past, discover how they became extinct and how modern humans can
help keep other animals from the same fate.
With a hands-on focus, the exhibit lets kids try out several
aspects of everyday mammoth and mastodon life, including operating
a trunk and jousting much like young males did.
Visitors will also have a chance to touch and examine bones and
Large-scale projections, walk-through dioramas and virtual
experiences help tie the exhibit together, including the animals'
experiences with early humans.
"It's a really intriguing part of the story," says Skwerski.
"Not only did they hunt them, they saw them as inspiration for
Possibly the most popular part of the experience for families
will be the section that focuses on feeding. Kids can lift hay
bales to discover just how much a mammoth ate and in "name that
poop," kids can match the dung piles with the critters that may
have made them.
Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age is at The Field
Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, March 5-Sept. 6. Tickets
are $23, $13 kids 3-11 and $20 seniors and students with ID and
include basic admission. Discounts are available for Chicago
residents. For more information, call (312) 922-9410 or visit
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