AUGUSTA —  The Friends of the Maine State Museum continues its 2015 lecture series, “Treasures of Maine’s Natural History at the Maine State Museum” on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. with a talk by Paula Work, curator of zoology at the Maine State Museum. The talk is free of charge.

Work’s illustrated lecture, “Giants of Maine: The Scarborough Mammoth and Other Ice Age Finds,” looks at the climate, animals and vegetation of Maine 15,000 years ago.

“This illustrated talk will be a family-friendly, fun romp through the Ice Age,” explains Work. “It will also be a show-and-tell. I’ll have many specimens on hand, including those found during the excavations for the Scarborough mammoth in the early 1990s. I’ll also show some surprises that help us understand the animals that were here and those that were missing during this period that literally shaped the Maine environment as we know it today.”

Work has been at the Maine State Museum in a variety of curatorial, collections management, and education capacities since 2002. A native of Wisconsin, she received her Ph.D. in Geology, Quaternary studies, from the University of Iowa where her research focused on paleoecology and the impact of floral and faunal fossilization processes on past environments.

The Maine State Museum is located in Augusta, Maine in the State House Complex off State Street. For more information call (207) 287-2301 or visit the museum’s website at

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