The Ameican Mastodon lived in Michigan during the Pleistocene Epoch, also known as the ice-age, around 1.5 million years ago to 10,000 years ago. It was similar in size to a modern-day African Elephant with a shoulder height of eight to nine feet and a weight of four to six tons. This specimen, which was discovered in Florida, shows how Mastodon teeth were sharp and ridged, allowing them to eat a variety of tough plant material including twigs, roots, and branches.
Mastodon fossils are abundant in Michigan and in 2002, it became the official state fossil.
Discovery Kit: Fossils (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Fossils (April 2020) Calling all paleontologists! Step back on the geological timeline to explore a variety of plant and animal fossils. Learn all about the science of fossils and how prehistoric creatures lived, ate, and moved about our world.