USA: Illinois Yields Bounty of Mastodons and Mammoths

This video from Canada says about itself:

18 December 2014

Both mastodons and mammoths were huge, elephant-like beasts that lived in the last ice age. Do you know how to tell them apart? Learn how from the Museum’s fossil collection curator.

By F.N. D’Alessio of Associated Press in the USA:

Illinois Yields Bounty of Mastodons and Mammoths

27 November 2005

A few months after the last of the elephants left Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in May, amid complaints from activists that Illinois doesn’t have a climate fit for such animals, remains of their ancient relatives were showing up around the state.

“It almost seemed that mastodons and mammoths were falling out of the trees for a few weeks,” said paleontologist Jeffrey Saunders, the curator of geology at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

He’s frequently the expert called in to verify and identify the teeth, bones and tusks of the giant Ice Age mammals when they are found in the state.

7 thoughts on “USA: Illinois Yields Bounty of Mastodons and Mammoths

  1. Science 23 June 2006:
    Vol. 312. no. 5781, p. 1721
    DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5781.1721e
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    At Neogene of the Old World, paleontologists and other researchers can find out where fossils of extinct mammals such as the woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) have turned up. The database from the University of Helsinki in Finland stores information on mammal remains dating from 25 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago. Search by locality to unearth data on more than 1000 excavation sites sprinkled across Europe, Asia, and Africa. You can map the locales and call up a list of animals discovered at each one.


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