The mastodons are on the move! Two weeks ago, expert fossil movers (yes, that is a real job) and U-M paleontologists began dismantling UMMNH’s iconic mastodon couple exhibit beginning what may be the world’s oldest 100-meter dash.
It is about 100 meters from the mastodons' location in the Ruthven Museums Building to their brand new home in the Biological Sciences Building. Usain Bolt could run that far in 9.58 seconds, and the Wolverines move the football that far with ease in the Big House, but when you are 11,000 years old, moving 100 meters is much more complicated.
Like the world’s best athletes, the mastodons are preparing for their big race across the plaza by getting some much needed TLC. The Owosso mastodon, which has been on display at UMMNH since 1947, will be studied and photographed using a technique called photogrammetry to create 3-D digital models of her bones. U-M Museum of Paleontology Director Dan Fisher and other paleontologists hope to learn more about her life and the world she lived in by studying her bones with the most up-to-date scientific techniques.
We are currently raising funds to support moving the Mastodons into their new home. So far we have raised more than $25,000 through generous donations from Museum friends and members to start the process. We are now turning to our community to raise $8,000 to help get the mastodons to the finish line. In their new home, the mastodons will serve as the Museum's official greeters in a beautiful, five-story glass atrium entrance.
All donors will be invited to a sneak peek opening of the new exhibit, and donors of $500 or more will be invited to a breakfast with paleontologist Dr. Dan Fisher to discuss what he found from studying the Owosso Mastodon. Donations of any size make a difference.
We look forward to seeing you when the Museum opens in 2019!