Richard M. Wicker
creator of digital collection
Mastodon teeth from Snowmass excavation. Clockwise from back (large tooth): Adult mastodon tooth- EPV.60701, Juvenile mastodon tooth- EPV.60698, Infant mastodon tooth- EPV.60697. Mammoths and Mastodons are related, but differ in size, diet, and range. Mammoths are larger than Mastodons, have much longer tusks, and are primarily found in northern climates, while Mastodons are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. It is easy to tell one from the other by their teeth. Mammoths were grazers, while Mastodons were browsers. A Mammoth tooth is tall and broad, with ridged plates for grinding grass. A Mastodon tooth has 6 to 8 cone-shaped cusps, suited for eating twigs and leaves.
Dec. 29, 2010
date of photograph
USA, Colorado, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Use with permission of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science