Online event features new mammoth research

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Painting of woolly mammoth
Image by James Havens
An illustration of an adult male woolly mammoth as it navigates a mountain pass in Arctic Alaska, 17,100 years ago. The image is produced from an original, life-size painting by paleo artist James Havens, which is housed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Date: August 20, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Online

The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre will host an online event this Friday to discuss new UAF-led research that examined the life of a woolly mammoth in Alaska during the Ice Age.

Scientists gathered unprecedented details of the mammoth’s life through analysis of a 17,000-year-old fossil from the University of Alaska Museum of the North. By generating and studying isotopic data in the mammoth’s tusk, they were able to match its movements and diet with isotopic maps of the region. 

UAF professor Matthew Wooller, the director of the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, was senior and co-lead author of the paper. The study is highlighted on the cover of the new issue of the journal Science.

The event, will be on both Zoom and Facebook Live at 9 a.m. Alaska time on Friday, Aug. 19. It will feature a presentation about the study and a panel discussion by researchers.