Slideshow: Creation of the mammoth foot
Creating a "Mammoth Foot"
In my last post I talked about how the mammoth remains in Mahaska county were discovered and excavated. Now we're going to take a very different direction, I'm going to tell you how I decided to create a life size "mammoth foot".
The purpose of the foot is to be used as an educational tool. I put parentheses around "mammoth foot" because it's more like a mammoth boot. The idea is that any child or adult can step inside of the mammoth's foot and compare their footprint to that of the mammoth's. It's easy to throw out numbers that describe the heigh and weight of the animals and some good size comparison photos exist. (see below) But being able to physically step inside of the mammoth's foot allows the imagination to run wild. It's humbling to realize that your entire body is maybe the size of half of the mammoth's leg bone.
I won't go into detail in this post about how exactly I created the mammoth foot, it's a lot of information. But be sure to click through the slideshow to see the steps I went through to create a realistic(ish) looking mammoth foot from scratch.
I'll end this post with the biggest lesson I have taken away from this project so far: There are some things that google can't answer. Example: "How do I paint a foam model of a mammoths toenail so that it looks realistic?" Experimentation with materials and methods as well as reaching out to friends, family, and teachers was key to successfully completing this model.