Mammoths | Giants of the ice age

For millions of years, mammoths roamed the Earth. Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age transports visitors to a world dominated by these colossal creatures, that weighed up to eight tons and bore tusks up to 5 metres long. 

Discover fossils, life-size replicas and a 42,000-year-old real preserved baby mammoth, Lyuba. Investigate current theories about their DNA and extinction and unravel the biological and paleontological mysteries of these awe-inspiring land mammals.

EVENT DATES: 18 November 2017 to 13 May 2018

EVENT LOCATION: Australian Museum

Baby woolly mammoth Lyuba was discovered in 2007 by a Siberian herder and his two sons. This will be the first time the near fully intact specimen has been on display in the southern hemisphere.

Mammoths survived on the wind-swept icy lands of the northern hemisphere. Great beasts weighing up to eight tonnes, standing as tall as 4 metres and bearing tusks up to five metres long, they were wonderfully successful creatures of the Ice Age. But despite their size and ability to adapt to different habitats, these early cousins of the elephant eventually went extinct, leaving us an abundant fossil record, particularly in the vast, deep-freeze of Siberian permafrost.

Developed by the internationally renowned Field Museum in Chicago, the exhibition includes a rich collection of fossils, casts and cave drawings showing evidence of how early humans hunted and honoured these massive creatures.

Mammoths lived alongside with humans for thousands of years and were a source of food for early people, along with serving as artistic inspiration. Artwork dating from between 35,000 and 10,000 years ago will also be on display in the form of miniature carvings made of bone, stone and mammoth ivory from mammoth tusks

Mammoths - Giants of the Ice Age explores not only how these Ice Age creatures lived, forming herds similar in social structure to those of modern elephants, but also how they became extinct including the impact of climate change, human predation and other factors.

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