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Painting of the Midwestern United States 16,000 years ago. R. G. Larson.

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This painting shows how the landscape of Midwestern United States looked thousands of years ago. It is part of a Museum exhibit that interprets Ice Age environments, animals, and plants in Illinois. The artist, Robert Larson, was a member of the Illinois State Museum's Exhibits Section when he painted the scene. He worked with Museum curators to decide what kinds of plants and animals were present and what the land forms looked like. This reconstruction is one of many that is based on teamwork between the Exhibits Section and Museum scientists.

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