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Museum Exhibits

The Chester H. Wilson Geology Museum contains over 2000 mineral, rock, and fossil specimens to explore.

Mott's Mammoth ExhibitMammoth

In the Pleistocene, after the ice retreated, a huge lake was left in the area that extended from the Saginaw Valley to the Lennon, Michigan area. With the ice retreat grasses and other vegetation sprung up making an ideal habitat for the mammoths return. And so it was that the mammoth exhibited here died by the edge of a lake and was buried in the mud only to be found and uncovered thousands of years later.

In early 1962 a local farmer, Mr. Barkowski, decided to excavate a pond on his property located in Clayton Twp., Genesee County, Michigan Sec. 31 T7N, R5e, Latitude 42 58' N, Long 83 58' W. contractor, Joe Heystek, first discovered the bones when his bulldozer hit a tusk at a depth of 12 feet in the calcareous clay. He stopped digging immediately and called Flint Junior College (as Mott Community College was named then). The mammoth skull was excavated on May 17, 1962 by Biology instructor Dr. George Buck and students from Flint Junior College. Specimens were sent to the University of Michigan to be radiocarbon dated and were later found to be 11,000 to 11,800 years old.

In addition to the skull, two tusk (one 10 foot, 4 inches long), six ribs, and a number of vertebrae were found. It took six men to lift the skull out which is estimated at 500 lbs. This is an unusual find as mastodons are far more common in Michigan than mammoths, and this was the first example of a complete mammoth skull found in the area.


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