The mammoth at the Pécs exhibit
Many mammoth bones and teeth have been discovered in Hungary over the years. These hairy relatives of the elephant have been extinct for thousands of years, but their remains have turned up in Siberia, Eurasia and the Americas, including Alaska. And in Hungary.
The largest of these reached as much as 13 feet in height at the shoulder (truly ”mammoth” in size!), but the average animal reached only about 9 feet at the shoulder, and weighed an approximate 5 tons. From studying the – uh – poop, scientists have concluded that they were herbivores, eating grasses and leaves.
About three quarters of the Pécs specimen’s skeleton was recovered, found over 90 years ago at Pécsbányatelep, and is going on exhibit on March 1st. Scientists have determined that it was about 15 feet in length, and about 9 feet in height. It was probably 35-40 years old. Its tusks have been reconstructed, and they are about five feet in length.
The exhibit will also include remains of other contemporary animals. An interactive component of the exhibit includes a mammoth skeleton that can be assembled.
Remains of hairy mammoths were also found at Szurdokpüspöki in Nógrád County in 2014. That find was estimated to be 14,000 years old.
Teeth and other bones have been found in the Tisza River bed, as well as near Miskolc, Érd, Dorog, Tokod, Bodrogkeresztúr, Pilisszántó. Bones of several mammoths were found at Csajág near Lake Balaton during highway construction, in 2006.
A reminder of these prehistoric animals is found in Budapoest, where a brass sculpture immortalizes them in front of the Mammut shopping mall in Buda.
viola vonfi is our correspondent from Stamford, CT. She finds it amusing that one of her ancestors was knighted by Wallenstein during the Thirty Years’ War.