The Shafer Mastodont
Locality is situated on the southwest edge of Cranberry Marsh that formed within a kettle depression (Fig.
Chronology: The most recent dated record is 11,460 [+ or -] 450 ybp (Bristol Fen), and the oldest dated record is 15,590 [+ or -] 60 ybp (Aker Mastodont
Carbon dating and other scientific analyses available only within the past 30 years have provided the Museum with a more accurate biography of the mastodont
that was discovered near the Cohoes Falls in 1866, says Norton Miller, a Museum paleobotanist.
The majority of fossils, except a partial alligator skeleton (ET 5352) and Peterson's original mastodont
skeleton (present location unknown), were disarticulated finds.
Bristol Pen, Elkhart County (Swinehart 1995); Christensen Mastodont
Site, Hancock County (Whitehead et al.
San Pedro Sula: Lucas & Alvarado (1991a) documented a right M3 of the American mastodont
, Mammut americanum, from San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras.
This is the seminal paper on the mastodonts
and mammoths of Michigan.
Except at the Pitt mastodont
site, the pollen spectra associated with mastodonts
in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio all contain at least 40% spruce and fir pollen.
It is thought that the American Mastodont
, Mammut americanum (Kerr), became extinct about 10,000 years ago (Meltzer and Mead 1983), soon after the major climactic shift to early postglacial conditions.
Shoshani supervised multidisciplinary excavations of mastodont
sites in southeastern Michigan (e.
Later, Quimby (1960) stared that the distribution of fluted points and known mastodont
remains in Michigan was related to the probability that early humans hunted these proboscideans.
Proboscideans from the Pleistocene of Michigan are the American mastodont
(Mammut americanum) and mammoth (Mammuthus spp.
Questions about Ice Age mastodonts
and mammoths and their need for salt were originally brought to light in the Great Lakes region by a consideration of the large number of mastodont
and mammoth records confined in space and time in Michigan (Holman et al.
In the paper to follow he not only reported mastodont
remains from 36 Michigan counties but commented on mastodont
remains discovered in the state before his time (Winchell 1861; Lane 1902, 1906; Dice 1920; Hay 1923).
Johns, Michigan mastodont
excavated by Daniel Fisher and Fisher 1987); or weakened ones could have been killed by human hunters.