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Mammoth skeleton arrives for display at Lafayette Science Museum

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A skeleton of gigantic proportions was delivered to the Lafayette Science Museum Monday.

University students and volunteers helped unload the deconstructed mammoth skeleton that will soon be on display at the museum in downtown Lafayette.

Dr James Martin, curator of paleontology and research professor at the University of Louisiana at the Lafayette Geology Museum said the arrival of the mammoth is a big day for Lafayette.

“When I first arrived here many years ago, I sensed that there were three major fossils that the citizens of Louisiana should see: a juggernaut, a mammoth, and a giant whale.

Over the past five years, the museum has been able to acquire skeletons of mastodons and giant whales for display. But the mammoth was always the last piece needed to complete the trio.

Before the pandemic, the University of Louisiana at the Lafayette Geology Museum, which is housed in the Lafayette Science Museum, worked with the Science Museum to purchase a mammoth for Acadiana.

After being unloaded, Martin said the mammoth skeleton will be cleaned, painted and mounted so that the citizens of Louisiana can “see one of their own.”

“It’s a chance for people to see the magnitude and the beauty…

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