Wekiva River (Fla.)
The fossilized vertebra of a mastodon found in the Wekiva River in Florida around 1924. The area around the Wekiva River and springs is now known, through fossils and discovered bones, as a major source for large prehistoric animals such as mastodons, mammoths, rhinoceros, giant sloths, horses and alligators. Mastodons are a distinct species from the Proboscidea order that lived in North America almost 11,000 thousand years ago. The mastodon was a herding animal with a diet consisting of a mix of browsing and grazing diets. They were around seven to ten feet tall and weighed roughly four to six tons. While the exact reason for extinction is unknown, it is widely accepted that mastodons disappeared during the mass extinction known as the Pleistocene megafauna.
Original color digital image, 2015: Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.
Is Part Of
Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.
Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
Wekiva River, Florida
Robison, Jim, and Bill Belleville. Along the Wekiva River. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2009.
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2 color digital images
“Mastodon Vertebra.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed December 9, 2022, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/5613.