Royal B.C. Museum celebrates mammoth's 40th birthday

Sara and Tom Allan look at Woolly the Mammoth at the Royal B.C. Museum, which this weekend is celebrating the mammoth’s 40 years at the museum.

It’s one of the museum’s most popular permanent exhibits.

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The mammoth is based on a skeleton discovered in an Illinois peat bog in 1931. A contour map of a full-size mammoth was made, and Styrofoam blocks were used to create the shape of the mammoth.

The Styrofoam sections were glued together over a framework of wood and metal, and delivered to the museum.

By January 1979, the mammoth frame was in place and ready to be “dressed.”

Muskox hair was determined to be an appropriate facsimile for mammoth hair.

 

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