The Mastodon: Prehistoric Bolivia

by Andre

The mastodon is a type of elephant that is covered in wool or fur like the mammoth. The mastodon looked like a mammoth but was about 2 feet smaller and its tusks were not as curled. The name mastodon means "nipple tooth". Scientists compare the mastodon, mammoth and African elephant. Mastodon was 8-10 feet high, mammoth was 10-12 feet high, and the African elephant is about 12-14 feet high. It ate grass, bushes, and possibly twigs. The mastodon lived in North America, South America, Europe and Asia and went extinct about 11,000 years ago.

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Submitted 2015-03-16

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Mar 19, 2015
by: Maria


I always thought that 'mammoth' was 'mastodonte'!

So today I learned that is not the case.

Mammoth is mamut, and mastodon is mastodonte.

It's hard keeping these creatures' names right!


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