American Mastodon

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American Mastodon

Mastodon americanum

These elephants were around 3 m (9-10ft) tall and lived in woodland environments then abundant in Kentucky.  Finds date back to the 1739 and 1751 tooth discoveries at Big Bone Lick.  They were similar in size to living elephants but covered in a shaggy coat of hair which has been preserved in some of their fossil finds.

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