Our Columbian Mammoth, Ellie May
In summer 2014, an incredibly pristine and nearly complete Mammuthus columbi skeleton was excavated from a gravel pit in Ellis County. “Ellie May” has now made her way to her new permanent home in the Rees-Jones Dynamic Earth Hall on Level 3 of the Perot Museum, where she awaits your visit!
The Museum is extremely grateful for the work of Navarro College biology professor and paleontologist Tom Vance and his team of staff, students and volunteers who spent hundreds of hours preparing the skeleton for excavation; and for the generosity of the Wayne McEwen family, which donated the specimen to the Perot Museum, to be preserved for scientific research and study for years to come.
For more information on Ellie May, see our Educator's Guide — and if you are an educator, use the guide to help your students make the most of Ellie May! We also have a Meet Ellie May workshop for educators available.
These videos were captured in 2014 at the dig site in Ellis County. Watch the Museum's renowned paleontology team in action as the skeleton is cleaned, prepared, studied and lifted out of the ground.
Mammuthus columbi in the news
The exciting donation of this pristine mammoth skeleton to the Museum has been covered throughout North Texas and beyond! See some of the stories: