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EUGENE, Ore. -- After going extinct 13,000 years ago, Columbian mammoths have returned to Oregon. A pair of life-sized sculptures arrived at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History Monday.
The sculptures will be installed in the museum courtyard and will be previewed to museum members, campus leaders and other invited guests Friday.
On Oct. 6 and 7, the museum will hold A Mammoth Celebration, a weekend-long event featuring a meet-and-great, talk and paleo-sculpting workshop with the artist, Gary Staab.
The 12-foot-tall adult female and her calf are constructed of steel, resin and fiberglass.
Staab is known for blending art and science to bring extinct species back to life and his works have appeared in museums around the country.
Executive director Jon Erlandson said the sculptures reflect the museum's intent to bridge the past, present and future using science.
“The Columbian mammoth is an iconic monument to Oregon’s dynamic environment and natural history,” Erlandson said.
Greg Retallack, director of the museum’s Condon Collection of Fossils, discovered one herd’s footprints at Fossil Lake in 2014, and those footprints from 43,000 years ago are the focus of ongoing studies.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Retallack will discuss the trackway and what it may reveal about family dynamics in mammoth herds.
For more information about the event, including admission and workshop registration, click here.