A skeleton of mammoth proportions was delivered to the Lafayette Science Museum on Monday.
College college students and volunteers helped unload the deconstructed Mammoth skeleton which can quickly go on show on the museum positioned in Downtown Lafayette.
Dr. James Martin, Curator of Paleontology and analysis professor on the College of Louisiana at Lafayette Geology Museum mentioned the arrival of the mammoth is a giant day for Lafayette.
“After I first got here right here a few years in the past, I felt that there have been three majors fossils that the residents of Louisiana ought to see: a mastodon, a mammoth and an enormous whale.”
During the last 5 years, the museum has been capable of purchase skeletons of the mastodon and big whale for show. However the mammoth was nonetheless the ultimate piece wanted to finish the trio.
Earlier than the pandemic, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Geology Museum, which is housed within the Lafayette Science Museum, labored with the science museum to obtain a mammoth for Acadiana.
After being unloaded, Martin mentioned that the mammoth skeleton shall be cleaned, painted and mounted in order that residents of Louisiana can “see one in every of their very own.”
“This can be a likelihood for folks to see the magnitude and the great thing about animals that walked via Lafayette 10,000 years in the past,” Martin mentioned. “We have got specimens of enamel from the Vermilion River, for example, so you are going to see the magnitude of the animals that lived right here. It is a particular factor, I believe.”
Martin mentioned that though the museum is closed to the general public because of the pandemic, guests can nonetheless cross by the entrance entrance and watch the work being completed to get the mammoth prepared for its first visitors. The method to get the mammoth on show will take about two weeks.
“I am excited to see science and analysis persevering with on right here in Lafayette,” Martin mentioned. “It is an essential a part of our heritage, it is an essential a part of our instructional packages, so it is a terrific day for Lafayette.”
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