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Columbian Mammoth

  • Columbian Mammoth
  • Columbian Mammoth

This object is on permanent display in the Denny Family Gallery, located in the main Museum lobby.

Story

Columbian Mammoth by Richard Hulbert

The largest fossil animal on display in the Museum is the mammoth skeleton, technically Mammuthus columbi. It was found submerged on the bottom of the Aucilla River in North Central Florida. In the same deposit, the mastodon skeleton was also found so they were contemporaneous. Mammoths primarily eat grass, where mastodons are primarily eating leaves and other browse. Both of them were facing a new predator: the humans that had just invaded the North American continent and liked to use their bones and tusks for tools.

There are only two known mounted skeletons on public display of mammoths from Florida; the one you see here and the other one is far north of here at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Richard Hulbert
Collection Manager, Vertebrate Paleontology
Florida Museum of Natural History

Summary

Columbian Mammoth (Mammuthus columbi)
From Jefferson Co., Florida
Lived ~16,000-11,000 years ago

Exhibit Area

Always on Display

Columbian MammothRadha Krueger