: This femur, or thigh bone, of an American mastodon (Mammut americanum) is one piece of a partial skeleton excavated from a farm in Champaign County in 1978. The femur is 38 inches (96.52 cm) long, and 10-12 inches (25.4-30.48 cm) in diameter. Fossilized mastodon bones have been found in 60 of Ohio's 88 counties. Mastodons are extinct elephant-like animals with shaggy coats and long tusks. Adult mastodons grew to be 8 to 10 feet in height at the shoulder and about 15 feet long. They weighed about 4-5 tons. Mastodons were shorter in overall height and had shorter and thicker legs than their mammoth relatives. Compared to living elephants, American mastodons tended to have straighter tusks and shorter, longer bodies. Modern African elephants also tend to be somewhat heavier than the American mastodon. View on Ohio Memory.
: Om1403_1262459_00152740 Subjects
: Plants and Animals; Bones; Mastodons; Extinct animals Places
: Champaign County (Ohio)