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I was happy to be invited to the media preview of the Ontario Science Centre's newest exhibit: Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. Before the doors to the exhibit opened, we were privileged to listen to a panel of 3 experts about the exhibit: Daniel C Fisher (Exhibition Curator), Henrick Poinar from McMaster University and Mark J. Poznansky with Ontario Genomics.

The sheer size of the mammoth is overwhelming, not just that they can be up to 14 feet tall and weigh close to 10 tons but their tusks are literally gargantuan, at 10 feet long. It is truly hard to imagine man living along side these massive creatives, let alone actually hunting them!

The exhibit gives you a thorough look at what life was like for these creatures 11,000-42,000 years ago!


Meet Lyuba, a one month old baby woolly mammoth! She was discovered by a Siberian reindeer herder in 2007 (40,000 years after she died). Her body was still so incredibly intact (preserved from the extreme cold) that scientists found traces of her mother's milk still in her stomach! Her amazing story unfolds in this exhibit and is a highlight for all to discover.

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I enjoyed the fact that much of the exhibit is interactive and kid-friendly. I look forward to bringing my own children to see the exhibit in a few weeks and know that they will enjoy learning more about these huge wooolly creatures. There are even a few signs beside displays that say "Please Touch" instead of the rudimentary "DO NOT TOUCH" that you sometimes come to expect at museums. You can touch a mammoth's coat to see what it actually felt like and how warm it was.

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The variety of interactive displays was great, ranging from how to grab lunch using a mammoth's tusk to how to determine between several different animal poo samples. You can wrestle another mammoth with a simulated tusk and you can "feel" what a rumbling elephant sounds like with your hand!


The Mammoth and Mastodon: Titans of the Ice Age special exhibit is included in the cost of your admission into the Science Centre. The exhibit will be in Toronto until April 24, 2016 (on loan from the Field Museum of Chicago)

For more information about the exhibit or the Science Centre in general, please visit their website #MammothsTO