Mammoth known as "Choulans mammoth" (Mammuthus intermedius)

Entre -305 000 et -130 000 ans (Pléistocène)

Musée des Confluences

Musée des Confluences
Lyon, France

During the Quaternary Period, between 2.6 million and 10,000 years ago, there was a succession of very cold and temperate periods, a pattern linked to cyclic variations in the Earth’s orbit. Alpine glaciers spread over the Lyon area, whilst at the same time landscapes of steppe and tundra were forming with their populations of mammoths and woolly rhinoceroses.

The skeleton of the Choulans mammoth was discovered in Lyon in 1859, just two kilometres from the current Musée des Confluences.


  • Title: Mammoth known as "Choulans mammoth" (Mammuthus intermedius)
  • Date: Entre -305 000 et -130 000 ans (Pléistocène)
  • Location: France (Rhone - Lyon)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 375 cm; L: 190 cm; D: 560 cm
  • Provenance: Purchased in 1860 by the Museum of Lyon (Claude Jourdan, director)., Assembled in 1872 (Louis Lortet, director).
  • Subject Keywords: earth sciences, vertebrate palaeontology, skeleton, permanent exhibition, climate
  • Type: fossil
  • Rights: Musée des Confluences (Lyon, France) © Olivier Garcin
  • External Link: Learn more at the museum website
  • Medium: fossilized bone

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