American Mastodon Tooth or Molar

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Description:


Common Name:  American Mastodon Tooth / Molar
Genus/Species:  Mammut americanum
Age:                    2.4 Million - 11,000 Years old
Period:                Pleistocene
Formation:         Alachua
Location:            Taylor County, Florida, USA


This is a solid Mastodon Fossil Tooth or Molar with some natural wear. This 3 cusp solid black tooth is a splendid fossil molar of a Prehistoric Mastodon. Natural wear from life and the river, it is a nice three-hump tooth. The tooth 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:  2.27" H x 3" L x 2.55" W



Price: out of stock  
Item #: AM018  

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