BABY MASTODON MOLAR Pleistocene
1″ x 3/4″ $45 order e340
COMMENTS: The molar is small and somewhat eroded but it is basically a complete baby mastodon tooth.
Mastodons are any species of extinct mammutid proboscideans in the genus Mammut. They are distantly related to elephants and inhabited North and Central America. They lived during the late Miocene or late Pliocene up to their extinction at the end of the Pleistocene. Which was about 10,000 to 11,000 years ago. They lived in herds and were mostly forest dwelling animals. The American mastodon, is the youngest and best-known species of the genus.
The range of most species of Mammut is unknown as their occurrences are restricted to few localities. With the exception being the American mastodon. Fossil sites range in time from the faunal stages. With locations from as far north as Alaska, as far east as Florida, and as far south as the state of Puebla in central Mexico.
Mastodons were in Florida almost twice as long as mammoths. So they are more commonly found as fossils. They were generally shorter, thicker and more heavily built. The males sometimes had two small lower tusks in addition to the large upper tusks. Today, scientists believe hunting them may have caused their extinction in America. Complete mastodon teeth are very hard to find today in Florida. Yet, bits of the enamel are often found in rivers and springs.
The latest research indicates that the only two species of mammoth in Florida were the early mammoth and the later columbi. The widely known Woolly Mammoth is thought to have ventured no farther south than present-day North Carolina. Also, some leading scientists now believe that some mammoths may have survived much later than previously thought. Perhaps as recent as 4000 years ago.