Mastodon Vertebra

Dublin Core

Title

Mastodon Vertebra

Alternative Title

Mastodon Vertebra

Subject

Wekiva River (Fla.)
Mastodons--United States

Description

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.

Source

Original color digital image, 2015: Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.

Date Created

2015

Is Part Of

Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

137 KB

Medium

1 vertebra

Language

eng

Type

Physical Object

Coverage

Wekiva River, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Science Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Museum of Seminole County History and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Fried, Aaron
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Robison, Jim, and Bill Belleville. Along the Wekiva River. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2009.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

2 color digital images

Locations

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