The Hyde Park Mastodon Fact Sheet


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      NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-111-985,Paleontological Research Institution; Ithaca, New York; excavated a mastodon skeleton from a pond in Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York; process of cleaning and preparing the bones and tusks so that minimal damage associated with the drying of the bones will occur; Mastodons; extinct relatives of modern elephants which branched off the elephant family tree around 15 million years ago; Mastodons were numerous and widespread in North America up until around 10,000 years ago when they became extinct together with many other species of large mammals at the end of the last glacial period; Hyde Park specimen is an American mastodon; Mammut americanum; probably an older adult that may have weighed as much as 10,000-15,000 pounds; age of the Hyde Park mastodon is 11,480 years; sticks and branches evidently gnawed by beavers that lived at approximately the same time; half-dozen species of freshwater clams and snails,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20120110191044884T,NSDL



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