‘Giants of Maine: The Scarborough Mammoth and Other Ice Age Finds’ topic of March 11 talk

AUGUSTA — The Friends of the Maine State Museum continues its 2015 lecture series, “Treasures of Maine’s Natural History at the Maine State Museum” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, with a talk by Paula Work, curator of zoology at the Maine State Museum. The talk is free.

Work’s illustrated lecture, “Giants of Maine: The Scarborough Mammoth and Other Ice Age Finds,” looks at the climate, animals, and vegetation of Maine 15,000 years ago, according to a news release from the Museum.

“This illustrated talk will be a family friendly, fun romp through the Ice Age,” said Work in the release. “It will also be a show and tell. I’ll have many specimens on hand, including those found during the excavations for the Scarborough mammoth in the early 1990s. I’ll also show some surprises that help us understand the animals that were here and those that were missing during this period that literally shaped the Maine environment as we know it today.”

Work has been at the Maine State Museum in a variety of curatorial, collections management, and education capacities since 2002. A native of Wisconsin, she received her Ph.D. in Geology (Quaternary Studies) from the University of Iowa where her research focused on paleoecology and the impact of floral and faunal fossilization processes on past environments.

The Maine State Museum is in the State House Complex off State Street. For more information, call 287-2301 or visit the museum’s website at www.mainestatemuseum.org.

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