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When the Mammoths Roamed

The Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France houses the exhibition When the Mammoths Roamed. The prominent museums of France, Germany, Russia, Czech, Poland, Ukraine, the USA took part in this international project.

The exhibition tells both about mammoth environment, mammoth's appearance and behavior and the myths associated with mammoths - believes in titanic ancestors-patrons, unicorns and giants, as well as about European and Russian academic studies of this fossilized animal.

The Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS provided 15 tusk artifacts, among them there are 5 female figures, so-called Paleolithic Venuses. Such female sculptures are characterized by exaggerated naturalism, amplification of female characters. The absolute age of the figures is 23 - 21 thousand years. They were found under excavations of the Paleolithic settlements Kostenki 1 (at Kostenki village, near the city of Voronezh) and Gagarino (at Gagarino village, the Lipetsk Region).