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Before the mighty Nebraska Huskers, there were the massive Tuskers! We will examine three prehistoric elephants and uncover the story of an American heartland where these powerful creatures once roamed free. It is through their fossilized bones and teeth that we can understand how this land has changed through the ages. Through photos and stories we’ll also meet the scientists who brought the fossils of these great creatures to light, and along the way learn a bit about the science of paleontology. Because we are formatted for a lot of Q & A, one last question we’ll consider is– what made these giants go extinct?

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Point to Point: $100.00
Point to Point Premium: $90.00


30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 25-30 students.

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Explore Natural History: University of Nebraska State Museum

Lincoln, NE
United States

Sparking people's interest in the natural world and preserving it for future generations. That is our philosophy at the University of Nebraska State Museum. Established in 1871, the University
of Nebraska State Museum is an active research museum. We are known for our paleontological
collections, especially our iconic hall of ancient elephants, yet we also
maintain over 13 million specimens, ethnographic and archeological
The museum is focused on promoting discovery in natural science, and
fostering scientific understanding and interpretation of the Earth’s
past, present and future through world-class exhibits, collections,
special events, and education. The Museum is a
proud Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Annie Mumgaard

Program Details


1. Video introduction to our museum
2. Introduce the science of paleontology and the definition and importance of a fossil
3. Enter University of Nebraska State Museum's Elephant Hall - the land of prehistoric pachyderms!
a) MAMMOTH– come see the world’s largest mounted mammoth, “Archie”, the 14,000 year old Columbian Mammoth! Discover how we know what we know about these great creatures by comparing and contrasting with modern day elephants.
b) MASTODON – First arriving in the great plains area over 2 million years ago, we’ll examine the mastodon’s fossilized teeth to unveil some ancient eating habits.
c) GOMPHOTHERE – Though he’s big, this 11 million year old Giant Long-Jawed Tusker relies on the small fossils found with him to help paleontologists better understand all of their ancient habitats and climate.
4. Along the way “meet” the paleontologists who uncovered these giants of the great
plains through photos and stories.
5. Question and Answers all along the way!


The participants will:
- practice the inquiry process skills of observation and questioning;
- be introduced to the science of Paleontology;
-engage in discussion and develop an enriched understanding on how paleontology helps us to better understand our natural world

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