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COLUMBIAN MAMMOTH (MAMMUTHUS COLUMBI)

Relatives of this mammoth migrated to North America from Asia during the Pleistocene Epoch. The Columbian Mammoth lived in warm grasslands in the southeastern part of the continent, ranging as far south as Central America.

 

This individual was found along with many others in the gravel deposits of Colorado's Platte River. Discovered with it were stone spear points -- so-called Clovis Points -- that were made by Paleoindians. This was the first definite evidence that mammoths were hunted by humans in America.

 

This skeleton stands almost 10 feet (3 meters) tall. The fragile and heavy original tusks are not on display, but have been replaced by lightweight papier-mache duplicates.

 

[Text from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History]

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Taken on April 15, 2006