American Mastodon or Mammoth Lower Jaw Juvenile Tusk

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Common Name:  Juvenile American Mastodon Tusk
Genus/Species:  Mammut americanum
Age:                     1.8 Million - 11,000 Years old
Period:                 Pleistocene
Formation:          Alachua
Location:             Dixie County, Florida, USA


This is a fabulous juvenile Mammoth Tusk from the lower jaw. It is a full round little piece with superb cross hatch pattern. No doubt about being fossil tusk ivory. The tusk tip shows natural wear from rubbing by the baby Mammoth. Small tusk tips are hard to find and not very common. This lower jaw tusk tip could be from a Mastodon or a Mammoth; hard to tell, but Mastodons are much more common in Florida. The tusk tip has been stabilized, and has no repairs or restorations. Actual Specimen Pictured & Guaranteed Authentic.

It was a very ancient elephant and a distant relative of the Woolly Mammoth. The word Mastodon means “nipple-teeth”. Teeth are one of the main differences between it and a Mammoth. Their cone or nipple shaped teeth are much different than the flat grinding surface of a Mammoth tooth. They were browsers that ate leaves, twigs, and smaller plant vegetation. Their fossils are very common in Florida, more so than Mammoths.

They were a heavier, stouter built elephant with a low sloping head and neck. They lived in warmer lowland environments and Ice Age spruce forests.

Their tusks were very straight, some reaching 15ft (5M) in length and not to be confused with the curved mammoth tusks.

They could reach 9 ft (2.75M) in height at the shoulder with a length of about 15 ft and weighing in somewhere between 8 and 12,000 lbs.

There is some evidence that they may have had seasonal migration routes in search of food.


Size:  1" H x 1.5" L x 1" W



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Item #:  AM010  

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