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Mammoth, mastodon exhibit opens at Anchor Museum

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer

Mammoths and mastodons were on earth thousands of years ago and, beginning Friday, the public can get an up-close look at these creatures at "Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age," a traveling exhibit created by Field Museum in Chicago and opening at the Anchorage Museum.

The exhibit, which premiered at Field Museum last March, not only fits into new space in the Anchorage Museum, but also matches the museum's mission to incorporate science into its exhibits.

"I think we may be one of the first few venues that it's actually been at," said Janet Asaro, marketing director for the Anchorage Museum. "This is pretty exciting for us."

The exhibit includes scientific replicas of these animals; displays of actual bones, tusks and teeth; and details methods used to study them. The exhibit also is the debut of Lyuba, a 42,000-year-old baby mammoth found intact in Siberia in 2007.

A description of the exhibit, introductory video and schedule of lectures, films and events specifically designed for children can be found on the museum's website, www.anchoragemuseum.org.

Among the activities is "Understanding Mammoths and Mastodons," given by the University of Michigan scientists that helped curate the exhibit. The free program will be at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are required due to the size of the museum's auditorium and can be obtained online. The documentary film "Waking the Baby Mammoth," will be shown at 3 p.m. Saturday. It also is free, with tickets available online. A question-and-answer session with the University of Michigan scientists follows the showing.

The exhibit continues through Oct. 9.