Giant Beaver (Castoroides ohioensis) Skull   Save
Ohio History Connection
Description: This is a partial skull of an Ice Age giant beaver with incisors (front teeth) almost completely intact. Measuring 8.5 x 4 x 4.75 inches (21.59 x 10.19 x 12 cm), the specimen was found in Wilmington, Clinton County. The giant beaver (Castoroides ohioensis) first became known to science from a specimen found while digging the Ohio Canal near Nashport, Ohio (northwest of Zanesville). Its scientific name reflects its similarity to the modern beaver (Castor canadensis) and the state where it was discovered. When mature, this extinct animal from the Pleistocene Era (Ice Age) was nearly as large as a modern black bear. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1484_1500047_001
Subjects: Plants and Animals; Beavers; Skulls; Teeth; Extinct animals
Places: Wilmington (Ohio); Clinton County (Ohio)