Press about museum
Don't miss the ice age creatures
The Ice Age Museum-Theatre in Moscow is the full-time home to the traveling minimuseum. It's prime exhibit is a replica of a life-size woolly mammoth with real bones and ivory tusks dating from the Pleistocene epoch, a period stretching from more than 10,000 to 1.5 million years ago.
Receding permafrost is a bone-hunters' bounty
Alexander Svalov, an official of the Ice Age Museum, inspects a mammoth bone in the museum's storage room in Moscow September 4, 2007. In Siberia's northernmost reaches, high up in the Arctic Circle, the changing temperature is thawing out the permafrost to reveal the bones of prehistoric animals like mammoths, woolly rhinos and lions that have been buried for thousands of years.
Tigers, Diamond Hubcaps and a Place to Chill
KRASNOGORSK, Moscow Region -- Toward the back of the cavernous exhibition hall, Alexander Svalov leaned nonchalantly against the body of the 2-meter-long saber-toothed tiger and smiled.
Making a mint from Arctic mammoths
In Siberia's northernmost reaches, high up in the Arctic Circle, the changing temperature is thawing out the permafrost to reveal the bones of prehistoric animals such as mammoths, woolly rhinos and lions that have been buried for thousands of years.
A Boom of Mammoth Bone Hunting, Spurred by Permafrost Thawing in the Russian Tundra
Thousands of years following their extinction, mammoths still help people earn a living. In the Siberian tundra, the frozen grassland high up in the Arctic Circle, the climbing temperature is thawing out the permafrost (the frozen soil) to show off the fossilized bones of prehistoric megafauna like mammoths, woolly rhinos and cave lions. Private collectors and institutes will pay generously for the best specimens.
Fyodor Shidlovskiy and Mike Triebold don't know each other from a hole in the ground, but they share an undying passion for long-dead and buried beasts.