Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

March 4, 2010 10:00:00 PM PST
A new Field Museum exhibit details how, millions of years ago, colossal mammals roamed Europe, Asia and North America. From the gigantic mammoth to the massive mastodon, these creatures have captured the world's fascination. Meet "Lyuba," the best-preserved baby mammoth in the world, and discover all that we've learned from her. Journey back to the Ice Age through monumental video installations, roam among saber-toothed cats and giant bears, and wonder over some of the oldest human artifacts in existence. Hands-on exciting interactive displays reveal the difference between a mammoth and a mastodon, offer what may have caused their extinction, and show how today's scientists excavate, analyze, and learn more about these amazing creatures. Explore the lives of these mysterious titans of the Ice Age, only at The Field Museum.

42,000-year-old baby mammoth on display in Chicago

A 42,000-year-old woolly mammoth from the Ice Age is going on display for the first time in the United States at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Scientists say the baby mammoth named Lyuba (lee-OO'-bah) is the best preserved and most complete mammoth specimen known. The exhibit opens tomorrow.

Lyuba was found in 2007 by a reindeer herder in northern Siberia and named for the herder's wife.

Visitors can see the folds and creases in Lyuba's skin, the bottom of her foot and small patches of hair on her ear and leg. Scientists have analyzed Lyuba's stomach contents, her baby tusks and chewing teeth, looking for details about her diet, environment and health.

The exhibit will later travel to other North American cities.

Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
The Field Museum
Opens today- September 6, 2010
fieldmuseum.org

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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