American mastodon

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Noun1.American mastodon - mastodon of North AmericaAmerican mastodon - mastodon of North America; in some classifications considered a mammoth rather than a mastodon
genus Mammut, genus Mastodon, Mammut - extinct type genus of the Mammutidae: mastodons
mastodon, mastodont - extinct elephant-like mammal that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times; differ from mammoths in the form of the molar teeth
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Benjamin Franklin, who was one of the first to study such teeth systematically, concluded that it would have been impossible for the American mastodon to have eaten meat.
Lawrence River, although many taxa with which it is commonly associated, such as the American mastodon Mammut americanum, have been found there.
Skeels (1962) summarized all known records of both the American mastodon and Jefferson mammoth in Michigan; at that time 32 localities were recorded, only 16 of them represented by museum specimens.
The first report of the American mastodon (Mammut americanum) in Michigan was during the nineteenth century (Lanman 1839).
The American mastodon was distantly related to the woolly mammoth and lived alongside it for a time.
In the study, researchers compared nuclear DNA from living elephants as well as from a 43,000-year-old woolly mammoth bone from Siberia and from a 50,000--to 130,000-year-old North American mastodon tooth.
This is the first time that the Asian elephant, African forest elephant, African savanna elephant, the extinct woolly mammoth, and the extinct American mastodon have been looked at together.
This introductory section also features a proboscidean family tree with touchable scale models of family members, including a woolly mammoth, a Columbian mammoth, and an American mastodon. The family tree illustrates how mastodons sprit off, forming the Mammutidae family--now extinct--while mammoths and elephants are part of the Elephantidae family.

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