The Tale of a Tusk

N.E. Hanson found this mastodon tusk during his travels while collecting plant samples throughout Asia. He collected it in Siberia where many of these fossils, and even entire frozen animals are still found. Mastodons, wooly mammoths, and modern elephants are all distantly related and similar in appearance, but are distinct species. Mastodons and wooly mammoths were a common sight in North America, Europe, and Asia from as early as 5.3 million years ago until as recent as 10,000 years ago. The tusk sample is 4.5” long and 3” wide. Donated by the SDSU Plant Science Department. #AgMuseum #Mastodon