1 October 2008

Chill out with Ice Age Mammals at the New Brunswick Museum

 

Ice Age Mammals

Chill out with mammoths, three-toed horses, lions and even camels!  They are coming your way straight out of the ice age this autumn at the New Brunswick Museum!  This visiting exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa features dozens of fossils and touchable casts along with really cool interactives, focusing on ice age mammals, climate change, extinction and human impact.  Dramatic murals by Yukon-based palaeoartist George "Rinaldino" Teichmann bring to life this remarkable time in Earth’s history.

Visitors can explore the dramatic effects of environmental change over time, from four million to roughly 10,000 years ago. Beginning with the High Arctic four million years ago when the area was much warmer than today, with a boreal forest ecosystem similar to modern-day Labrador. It was inhabited by bears, three-toed horses, tiny primitive deer and small beavers. Then cross more than two millions years into the ice age – when glaciers covered most of North America and mammoths, mastodons, and other great beasts roamed grassy plains in the Yukon and other areas.

Ice Age Mammals displays many real specimens such as a mammoth tusk that you can touch. Stories told through video bring alive the challenges of Arctic fieldwork as well as the excitement of uncovering long-extinct species.

There will be a reception on Thursday, October 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, to celebrate the opening of Ice Age Mammals, with Monty Reid, Director of Exhibitions - Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. This is also a great opportunity to meet New Brunswick Museum Palaeontologist Dr. Randall Miller. The reception is free with regular museum admission.

Ice Age Mammals won’t be here for long – by January 18, 2009 they will be gone.

Ice Age Mammals is produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in partnership with the Montreal Science Centre, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.

NBM Hours:  Mon, Tue, Wed, and Fri: 9 am - 5 pm; Thur: 9 am - 9 pm; Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Sun: noon - 5 pm; Holidays: noon - 5 pm; closed Mondays beginning November 3, 2008. Admission:  Adults - $6; seniors - $4.75; children/students - $3.25; family - $13

The New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre is located at Market Square, Saint John. For more information call 1-888-268-9595

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Additional information:
Ice ages
The Earth experienced a series of glaciations and warmings for about two million years, ending with the last glaciation which occurred 80,000 to 10,000 years ago.  (We are still in an ice age, but enjoying a warm, interglacial phase).  During the last glaciation (the Ice Age), mastodons, woolly mammoths, long-haired giant ground sloths, American lions (25 per cent bigger than Africa’s large cats of today), and camels roamed dry, grassy, steppe-like plains in an area known as Beringia.  Humans entered North America roughly 25,000 years ago.

Beringia
This area encompassed parts of Russia, Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories, as well as the sea floor between Asia and North America which was exposed when sea water was locked up on land by glaciers.  Sea water is the main contributor to the establishment of ice sheets and glaciers on the land, as condensation in the atmosphere allows it to fall as fresh precipitation.

George “Rinaldino” Teichmann
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1958, George Teichmann trained and worked as a Bohemian glass-cutter while also exercising his talent as a palaeoartist.  A disciple of famous Czech prehistoric illustrator Zdenek Burian, Teichmann painted animals from the Pleistocene (Ice Age) under the pseudonym “Rinaldino” [Ri-NAL-di-no], winning acclaim at juried exhibitions in Europe.  His finely detailed depiction of wildlife, similar to that of Robert Bateman, combined with skill in capturing movement, makes his work truly remarkable and impressive. With a love of wilderness adventure, Teichmann immigrated to Canada in 1983, eventually settling in the Yukon.

For further information:
Vita Kipping
NBM Community Relations
(506) 643-2358
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