'Journey From Our Prehistoric Past' at the Roberson Museum

By WBNG News

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 12:06 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Roberson Museum and Science Center is hosting an exhibit featuring some of New York State's oldest residents.

Long before New York became the home of animals like deer, birds, and rodents, it was home to prehistoric creatures. Back in time, New York State went through some major geologic and environmental change. It is artifacts from these changes that the Roberson Museum is featuring in its newest exhibit, "Journey From Our Prehistoric Past."

Pieces are obtained through a collaboration with the New York State Museum and The Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, in addition to items from Roberson's Loomis collection. The displays are themed around a look at life in New York through the ages.

"This exhibition is really looking at change over time in New York. Using New York as an example of the larger picture of global change," said Terry McDonald, Executive Director of the museum.

Featured in the exhibit are ice age mammals and the region's only dinosaur. Also, there are materials from the world's oldest fossilized forest and the skull and tusks of the Randolph Mammoth. This mammoth is one of the most complete mammoth specimens every found in New York State.

"It really is a teaching tool to help people learn where they come from and how the world is changing and how things adapt over time," said McDonald.

McDonald hopes that the exhibit will be at the museum for at least a year. It opens on March 29th for the general public, following a member's reception the night before.

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