Randolph Mammoth Exhibit Ends Wednesday

Those interested in viewing the “Randolph Mammoth,” one of the most unusual objects of local natural history ever displayed in the area, have until Wednesday to view the exhibit at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

The exhibit features enormous tusks and full-scale replica of the find, which dates back 12,000 years. Pond excavators made the discovery of the mammoth at the state fish hatchery near Randolph in 1934. Since then the specimens have been curated at the New York State Museum in Albany. The Peterson Institute arranged with Dr. Robert S. Feranec, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the museum, to borrow the specimen, and has been displaying it in its Anderson Gallery for the past three years.

Now the specimens will head back east, to go on display at the Roberson Museum in Binghamton.

The Randolph Mammoth is one of the most complete mammoth specimens ever found in New York state. Most other mammoth material is fragmentary or just a tooth from here or there. It is a Columbian Mammoth, not a woolly mammoth. Both tusks together weigh about 150 pounds, while the skull weighs about 200 pounds. When living, the mammoth probably stood about 14 feet high at the shoulder.

In connection with the Randolph Mammoth leaving the Institute, Dr. Feranec will present a program at the Institute on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. titled, “Carbon Dating the Megafauna of New York at the End of the Ice Age”. Admission to the illustrated talk is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children and students.