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As recent as 10,000 years ago, 14-foot tall mammoths reigned over Europe, Asia and North America. These ancient creatures of the ice age are now towering over visitors at the Royal BC Museum in their exhibit, “Mammoths! Giants of the Ice Age.” In partnership with The Field Museum in Chicago, this exhibit will educate visitors until the end of December, 2016.
Visitors are given the opportunity to see a rich collection of fossils, casts, preserved flesh and ancient landscapes, as well as participate in immersive media and engaging interactive activities. They are able to see Lyuba, a nearly 42,000 year-old baby woolly mammoth that was discovered in Siberia in 2007. Lyuba is known as the world’s most complete preserved mammoth.
The exhibit provides information about the evolution of mammoths and how today’s scientists research more about this species, including the potential to clone these massive creatures. Artifacts such as ancient cave drawings are on display; these drawings show how early humans perceived mammoths as both a threat and the subject of admiration.
For more information, go to royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/mammoths. For information on visiting Victoria, B.C., go to tourismvictoria.com.