Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mammoths and Mastodons

A couple of weeks ago I took Mr. S to the Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit at Liberty Science Center. We've been anxiously awaiting the opening of this exhibit, driving past the Science Center every Saturday morning and seeing the giant advertisement on the front entrance.

Mr. S kept wondering if there would be real live Mammoths and Smilodons walking around in glass cages at the exhibit, and I kept telling him no, ice age mammals are extinct. But he wasn't having it, and kept saying to me, "We'll see, Mama." He was a little disappointed when we got there and there were only bones and replicas.

However, there was this gem, and the main reason people go to this exhbit:

This is Lyuba, a baby Mammoth and the most well-preserved one ever found. You could say she's a mummy. I couldn't get detailed pictures with my point-and-shoot camera and the glass, but she was amazing. We could see the wrinkles in her skin, especially around her eyes, and a little bit of mummified hair.

I love Liberty Science Center, and we'd probably be there every weekend if it weren't so darned expensive ($50 for one adult and a three-year-old, that includes $7 for parking). We should probably just break down and buy a season pass.

After Lyuba, there were lots of other Ice Age mammals to see. Mr. S had a big time petting them all.

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