creator digital collection
L-R Steve Holen DMNS Curator of Archaeology and Dr. Daniel Fisher University of Michigan Masotodon espert study mastodon tooth with ski area in background. 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.
date of photograph
USA, Colorado, Pitkin County, Snowmass Village, Ziegler Reservoir
Canon EOS D5
use with permission Denver Museum of Nature & Science