It’s a mammoth of a Fossil Friday! Mammuthus jeffersoni lived about 11,000 years ago and was collected in 1909 in Grant County, Indiana. 

Mammoths were widespread during the Ice Ages. Some had woolly fur to keep warm. This “nonwoolly” mammoth lived in the southern parts of the United States which were not covered by glaciers. The only obvious difference between Mammuthus and the living Indian elephant is that the mammoth is much larger. Most mammoths died out by about 11,000 years ago, but a few somewhat dwarfed forms persisted until about 3,000 years ago, on remote arctic islands. 

This fossil is located in the Museum’s Paul and Irma Milstein Hall of Advanced Mammals


Photos: Mammoth skeleton unearthed.

A Texas family business has discovered a ‘90% complete’ mammoth skeleton in their gravel pit, after striking a 6ft long tusk with an excavator.

The find has been donated to the nearby Perot Museum, which is working to remove the skeleton, which is estimated to be a 9ft (2.7m) tall female which died between 20,000 to 60,000 years ago.