WATCH: Your first look at a 40,000 year-old baby mammoth and other Ice Age treasures at new Royal B.C. Museum exhibit
The Royal B.C. Museum’s new ‘Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age’ exhibit lets you take a walk on the wild side, to a time 40,000 years ago when wholly mammoth’s roamed the earth.
The new exhibit has life -size models of mammoths, bears and tigers as well as fossilized jaws, teeth and tusks — many found right here in British Columbia.
But the centerpiece of the exhibit is ‘Luba’, a baby woolly mammoth that’s been preserved in the frozen Arctic for some 40,000 years.
Luba is said to be the best-preserved specimen in existence.
She was found by a Siberian reindeer herder and his sons back in 2007 and is on loan from the Shemanovskiy Yamal-Nenets District Museum and Exhibition Complex in Siberia.
“She was frozen and she was very close to the surface so it was very easy,” says Tatyana Koptseva, director of the Yamal-Nenets Museum. “Ice melted and they found it just on the surface so he travelled 400 kilometers to the nearest town to tell people what he had found.”
‘Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age’ opens Friday at the Royal B.C. Museum.