RANDOLPH – A life-sized replica of the “Randolph Mammoth” is returning home to where the original was found 85 years ago.
This summer, a replica of the skull and tusks will be on display at the Randolph Free Library.
The Columbian Mammoth dates back 12,000 years. Researchers dug up the prehistoric animal in May 1934 when crews were digging a new pond at the state’s fish hatchery.
Since then, the deteriorating specimen has been kept in storage and curated at the New York State Museum in Albany.
According to the State Museum, the specimen represents the most complete mammoth skeleton ever found in New York State. Both tusks together weigh about 150 pounds and the skull weighs about 200 pounds.
When living, the mammoth stood about an estimated 14-feet high at the shoulder.
The replica is planned to be on display on the main floor of the library, just past the circulation desk.
An event to welcome the replica, and specific dates to see the “mammoth,” will be announced in the future.