On Stage: Ice Age Cemeteries

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May 2022 we, the Werkgroep Pleistocene Zoogdieren in cooperation with the Natural History Museum Maastricht and Maastricht University – Maastricht Science Programme, organised an international symposium on Pleistocene mammal palaeontology in the Netherlands and abroad. Here we celebrated four decades of WPZ (Dutch Association for the Study of Pleistocene Mammals) with giant beavers, giant ground sloths and mammoth topicality from our home soil to America and Mexico! A highlight was the unveiling of a new iconic ice age mammal, the Dutch giant beaver, Trogontherium cuvieri.

Because the symposium was held in English, we provide all information here in English as well.

Our side programme activities however, were in Dutch!
De lezingen waren in het Engels, maar de activiteiten op het randprogramma waren in het Nederlands!

Lees het verslag van dag 1 hier en het verslag van dag 2 hier!

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Saturday 21 May 2022 – Maastricht Science Programme, Maastricht University

Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 1, 6229 EN Maastricht
Main entrance: Gaetano Martinolaan 10, 6229 GS Maastricht

Sunday 22 May 2022 – Natural History Museum Maastricht

De Bosquetplein 7, 6211 KJ Maastricht


We have invited 12 wonderful guest speakers, from The Netherlands, UK, USA and Mexico! Meet them here.


The programme on Saturday was from 10:00h until 18:00h CET (19:30h dinner started). The theme was ‘Fossil Pleistocene mammals from North, Central and South America‘.

The Sunday programme was from 9:00h until 18:00h CET. The theme was ‘The Pleistocene giant beaver‘.

On Saturday afternoon, 21 May, we also opened the doors for visitors to participate in a special side programme. This free event was from 13:00h until 16:30h, and largely coincided with our main programme. The side programme included a.o. special presentations, exhibitions, a fair, lectures, and workshops.

The complete lectures programme can be found here.

The public side programme can be found here.

shortest smallest exhibition ever

The Maastricht Science Programme offered all our fossil collectors a small place in a showcase. Not for the biggest but the smallest fossils, bone fragments, teeth and molars from the Pleistocene.