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More about the Bristle Mammoth

November 5, 2016 to December 31, 2017

The mammoth remains found near Chelsea, Michigan, last fall will be on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) beginning Saturday, November 5, 2016.

The Bristle Mammoth (pronounced BRIS-lee) is named for James and Melody Bristle, the farming family who found the remains on their property and donated them to the university.

Visitors will be able to touch one of the Bristle Mammoth’s bones, see some of the evidence for human activity at this site (such as the removal of edible tissues from parts of the carcass), and explore how the Bristle Mammoth’s bones, teeth and tusks will help scientists understand how these animals lived and why they went extinct.

The Bristle Mammoth exhibit will be on display from November 5, 2016 to December 31, 2017, when it will be moved to the Museum’s new location which will open in 2019 in the U-M Biological Science Building. The Museum and all public mammoth-related events are free.

Interested in donating to the Mammoth Exhibit Fund?  Click here for more information.

Bristle Mammoth iPhone App

The free Bristle Mammoth iPhone app delivers audio-visual extras to digitally enhance the exhibit experience. Download it from the app store today!

Mammoth Podcast

Listen to a podcast from one of our most popular Science Cafés ever!  At the UMMNH Science Café on January 27, 2016,  U-M Professor Daniel C. Fisher, Director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology, and Adam Rountrey, Collection Manager for Vertebrate Fossils, U-M Museum of Paleontology, discussed the excavation and early research on the Bristle Mammoth.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Bristle Mammoth in the News

News items related to the Bristle Mammoth will be periodically updated and posted below.

Mammoth find may re-write Michigan history

November 9, 2016
Matthew Smith
Channel 7 WXYZ

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Michigan museum makes 'mammoth' room for one-of-a-kind find

November 7, 2016
John Tolley
Big Ten Network

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See mammoth remains from Michigan on exhibit at U-M museum

November 7, 2016
Martin Slagter
MLive

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Crowd drawn to mammoth exhibit — possible proof of ancient human life

November 6, 2016
Madeleine Gerson
Michigan Daily

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Mammoth bones found near Chelsea set for display at U-M museum

November 2, 2016
Martin Slagter
MLive

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Michigan mammoth bones: Lessons about early North American settlers

November 1, 2016
Joseph Dussault
The Christian Science Monitor

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What will we learn from mammoth exhibit at Univ of Michigan?

November 1, 2016
Christina Beck
The Christian Science Monitor

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Stay tuned: New U-M Bristle Mammoth exhibit highlights the 'unfolding process of discovery'

October 28, 2016
Jim Erickson
Michigan News

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Michigan Paleontologists study a big find

January 29, 2016
John Tolley
BTN LiveBIG

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Community discusses future display of Washtenaw mammoth

January 28, 2016
Lydia Murray
The Michigan Daily

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A mammoth question: U-M seeks input on display of locally found bones

January 28, 2016
Ben Freed
Ann Arbor News

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Chelsea-area farmer donates mammoth remains to U-M

October 5, 2015
Jim Erickson
Michigan News

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Washtenaw County Mammoth Find Hints at Role of early Humans

October 2, 2015
Jim Erickson
Michigan News

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