Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum's Mini Mammoth exhibition | Video

MARCHING SUCCESS: Landyn Howey, 2, was among the first visitors to see the Mini Mammoth exhibition at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. Photo: NADINE MORTON 020818mammoth3
MARCHING SUCCESS: Landyn Howey, 2, was among the first visitors to see the Mini Mammoth exhibition at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. Photo: NADINE MORTON 020818mammoth3

WERE mammoths all mammoth sized? Did all mammoths live in cold climates? When was the ice age? Did mammoths live in Australia?

A brand new exhibition called Mini Mammoth has opened at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and it answers all these questions and more.

Museum audience engagement officer Penny Packham said the exhibition was specially designed to appeal to children.

“This one is curated for children; there’s a lot of information,” she said.

“It answers all those questions you want to know about mammoths.”

Ms Packham said one interesting fact was that mammoths were more closely related to Asian elephants than Asian elephants are to African elephants.

“They’re probably the extinct animal we know most about because so many of their fossils are preserved in the permafrost,” she said.

“The last of the mammoths were still around when the pyramids were being built.”

The Mini Mammoth exhibition runs until July 22.