10,000-Year-Old Mastodon Skeleton On The Move

Mark Brown (left) and senior curator Bob Glotzhober remove the tail from the Conway mastodon at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus on Thursday. The skeleton of the Ice Age pachyderm is being disassembled so it can be reassembled in a more flattering position. i i

Mark Brown (left) and senior curator Bob Glotzhober remove the tail from the Conway mastodon at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus on Thursday. The museum has set up a webcam, where people can see the process in real time. Mark Duncan/AP hide caption

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Mark Brown (left) and senior curator Bob Glotzhober remove the tail from the Conway mastodon at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus on Thursday. The skeleton of the Ice Age pachyderm is being disassembled so it can be reassembled in a more flattering position.

Mark Brown (left) and senior curator Bob Glotzhober remove the tail from the Conway mastodon at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus on Thursday. The museum has set up a webcam, where people can see the process in real time.

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It's being billed as "Conway's Big Move." This week, a team of workers at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus is disassembling Conway, a 10,000-year-old Mastodon skeleton, and reassembling him in a new position.

Even though he dates from the Pleistocene epoch, Conway the Mastodon has his own Facebook page. In his most recent post about his big move, Conway says: "This is so exciting! I hope I don't go all to pieces ... JUST KIDDING."

Bob Glotzhober, senior curator of natural history at the Ohio Historical Society, is overseeing the mastodon move. He talks to NPR's Melissa Block about the complicated process.

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