This is a composite of a Mastodon Foot (left Front) all 28 of the bones (toes tassels carpels) are all authentic. Solid fossil bone and no reforestation on them. Jim collected hundreds of foot bones until he had enough to build this foot this is likely the last one he will be building.
Mastodons (Greek: μαστός “breast” and ὀδούς, “tooth”) are any species of extinct mammutid proboscideans in the genus Mammut, distantly related to elephants, that inhabited North and Central America during the late Miocene or late Pliocene up to their extinction at the end of the Pleistocene 10,000 to 11,000 years ago. Mastodons lived in herds and were predominantly forest dwelling animals that fed on a mixed diet obtained by browsing and grazing with a seasonal preference for browsing, similar to living elephants.
M. americanum, the American mastodon, is the youngest and best-known species of the genus. They disappeared from North America as part of a mass extinction of most of the Pleistocene megafauna, widely believed to have been related to overexploitation by Clovis hunters, and possibly also to climate change.