Tom Pray, the education outreach manager for The Field Museum, displays a mastodon molar that dates back 11,500 years on Friday. It was found in August 2005 in the northeast corner of James "Pate" Philip State Park in Bartlett where an archaeological dig

Ive heard of mammoths, but whats a mastodon?

2007-08-04 - Rebecca O'Halloran, United States.

They are similar in appearance, but mammoths had tusks that grew downward and feasted on plants at ground level, according to experts at Friday's dig. The mastodon, which weighed about four to six tons, had upward tusks and usually found its meals in the trees, said Jessie Dorsz, 17, a senior at Bartlett High School. The extinct relative of the elephant existed from about 1.6 million to 10,000 years ago, according to The Field Museum.

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