A lot can be learned from a mammoth molar

Patti McClinchy of Everett found this fossilized mammoth molar on a rocky Hat Island beach in the summer.
Patti McClinchy of Everett found this fossilized mammoth molar on a rocky Hat Island beach in the summer.

2007-11-26 - Washington, United States , David Chircop

During the most recent Ice Age, this slice of North America was a prime stomping ground for mammoths. The giant elephant-like beasts were heavily concentrated in the central and northern Puget Sound lowlands. Why they became extinct is still a mystery. Molars of the Columbian mammoth are the most common mammoth remains found in Washington. In fact, the Columbian mammoth — which foraged grasses along meadows, bogs and ponds 1.6 million to 10,000 years ago — is the state fossil.

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