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American mastodon: Mammut americanum (Kerr)


Colour photograph of a brown skeleton
American mastodon: Mammut americanum (Kerr). Quaternary. Hillsborough, New Brunswick. Collector: C. Osman, 1936. New Brunswick Museum (Reconstruction). Mastodons once roamed the boreal forests of North America. The last of their kind became extinct about 10,000 years ago. Only a few mastodon fossils have been found in the Maritimes. In 1936 the ‘Hillsborough Mastodon’ was found in eastern New Brunswick. This animal likely lived more than 75,000 years ago during the last interglacial, the time between ice ages.