Museum Inside a New Mexico Airport Will Have Mammoth Bones and Skulls on Display

Mammoth bones, skulls and replicas will soon be available for public viewing at the Santa Lucia Quinametzin Paleontological Museum at the airport now under construction near Mexico City.

Scientists have uncovered over 100 mammoth skeletons in what has quickly become one of the world’s biggest concentrations of the now-extinct relative of modern elephants.

Paleontologists plan to study mammoth DNA in order to learn more about their health, and the relationships they have to other species.

Six galleries will make up the museum. The first hall will be about how the basin in Mexico was formed, and how mammoths lived there 10,000 years ago. 

The second will focus on the biology of mammoths. The third will focus on the biodiversity found in the region where the mammoths were discovered. The fourth hall will be about the Americas and Mexico’s population. 

A fifth hall will look at possible reasons why mammoths died in the Basin of Mexico. And a sixth hall will focus on how scientists work in Santa Lucia.

The museum is scheduled to open March 20, 2022.

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