“TUSKS!” presents the fascinating story of extinct mammoths, mastodons, and their tusked relatives that roamed much of North America from 15 million to 10,000 years ago. Proboscideans or “tuskers” were giants in ancient ecosystems abundant with a wide diversity of animals and plants. Today the only living relatives of these ancient mammals are Asian and African elephants. The ultimate cause of the mass extinction of North American proboscideans as well as many other animals of the time is unknown. To learn more about “tuskers,” determined people known as paleontologists study fossils, frozen mummified remains, and ancient cave drawings in an attempt to piece together an ancient past.

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TUSKS Educators’ Guide

TUSKS Exhibit Guide


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