Mastodons were large elephant-like mammals that lived 33 million years ago until 10,000 years ago. Mastodon fossils have been found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. Although not closely related, mastodons were similar in appearance to mammoth species, however, mastodons were browsers while mammoths were grazers. This difference is most readily noticeable in their teeth. The high, jagged cusps of the mastodon's tooth allowed it to feed on woody plants and leaves while the flattened cusps of the mammoth were more suited for chewing and grinding grasses.
Average Length: 18cm (7in)
Origin: North America
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