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Members of the Losey family came to the MSU Museum recently to revisit some spectacular mammoth bones that were discovered at their family farm in Jackson County in 1955, and subsequently donated to the Museum. Shown here (left to right) are Lois (Reynolds) Hoyt, her daughter, Pam Kammel, Laura Abraczinskas, MSU Museum vertebrate collections manager.
The unusual find caused a stir in the 1950s. See a feature from the Jackson Citizen Patriot that describes the "Losey find."
Part of the mammoth's lower jaw is on exhibit in the MSU Museum's Hall of Evolution, while other bones -- including a tusk, ribs, shoulder blade, leg bone fragments -- are kept in the museum's research and collections facilities. (Learn more about mammoths in the Encyclopedia of Life  and Paleontology Portal.
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"The Losey mammoth demonstrates how museums and the public can work together to preserve and interpret history and evolution," says Gary Morgan, director of the MSU Museum. "Much of the MSU Museum's collection has been donated by members of the public. These collections then live on through research and educational programs for audiences of all ages. Parts of the Losey mammoth have been seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Museum, really making a distant Michigan past come alive."
The MSU Museum is the natural science and culture museum at Michigan State University and has collections numbering nearly 1 million in four buildings across campus used for research, teaching, exhibitions and education.
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong.