Mastodon Tooth

This is a large tooth from a Mastodon, a relative of the mammoth. Mastodons were slightly shorter than mammoths and didn't have a hump on their back.

These conical shaped teeth were used to crush leaves, twigs and branches and are very different in appearance to mammoth molars which were used to chew grasses.

Although early humans hunted mastodons and mammoth, it is thought that changes in climate and habitat were the main causes that led to their extinction between 12,000 - 10,000 years ago.

Information on Cookies | Museums Portal | © Copyright 2015 - Portsmouth Natural History Museum