Lecture Series -- June is Mammoth Month at the Museum
Mammoths, Humans and Ice Age Art -- Barbara Olins Alpert
Thursday, June 2, 2011 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
It has been known since the 1920's that the early human inhabitants in North America lived alongside, and hunted, mammoths. Since 2009, with the discovery of a verified mammoth drawing in North America, we have evidence that at least one human on this continent looked at a mammoth as an object of art. In Europe and Asia many depictions of mammoths have been found. We will look at authentic European mammoth images, at the verified American image- at examples of North American forgeries of mammoth images. By means of the art, we will explore the relationship between humans and mammoths in the Ice Age.
Mammoths in Lea County (and other significant discoveries along the western edge of the Llano Estacado)
Calvin Smith, Executive Director -- Western Heritage Museum Complex, Hobbs, NM
***Date changed to Thursday, June 16, 2011 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
In cooperation with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, a Columbian mammoth is being excavated about 35 miles west of Hobbs. The specimen is located in a small Pleistocene lakebed that is between 18,000 and 13,000 years old. Is the animal intact and complete? Were humans associated with the death and/or scavenging of this mammoth? What happened to the megafauna of the region and the humans who hunted them? This topic has been a pursuit of the presenter for over 50 years and he will explore some thoughts and results of his research.
Mammoths of New Mexico
Gary Morgan -- Curator of Paleontology, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
***Date changed to Thursday, June 9, 2011 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
During the Ice Ages, from 1.5 million years ago to 10,000 years ago, the high plains of eastern New Mexico supported large herds of mammoth, horse, camel and bison. Bones of the earliest mammoth in the New World have been found from Tijeras Arroyo in Albuquerque to the Mesilla Valley south of Las Cruces. New Mexico was home to the Imperial mammoth and the Columbian mammoth but not the Wooly mammoth!
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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