Paradise Lost: Arizona South of the Ice
Great ice sheets cover much of the continent. Huge, strange animals roam
the cold, windswept plains. You have entered North Americaâ€”this is the Ice
Age! But not in Arizonaâ€¦.
"Paradise Lost" Arizona Museum of Natural Historyâ€™s newest exhibition,
explores the lost world of Arizona's last three million years. Find out what
it was like to live south of the ice during the Pliocene and Pleistocene
Epochs. During these geologic time periods, Arizona was paradise - a place
so ideal that rich mixtures of the worldâ€™s animal species were represented -
including hyenas, flamingos, and capybaras. Now extinct animals include huge
mammoths, fierce bone crushing dogs, and giant ground sloths. This
exhibition will feature full skeletons of mammoth, American zebra and the
â€œParadise Lostâ€ showcases the museumâ€™s collections and research into the
Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs in Arizona, especially the Safford area.
Although not the complete skeletons, fossils from the Chandler, Willcox, and
celebrated Gilbert mammoths will be on display. Human evolution and
activities are explored both before and after their arrival in the region.
This important local story has never been told in such detail and we are
excited and proud to bring Arizona South of the Ice to you.
Columbian Mammoth (Mammathus columbi)
Artwork by Carl Buell