The Relations of Mammoths, Mastodons, and Elephants




Did you know that mastodons are not closely to mammoths and elephants? Of course you didn’t; that’s why you are reading this article. The article will talk about all 3 of the animals, and we will come to the conclusion of the question: What possible lifestyles did mastodons/mammoths live, and how is it different from elephants today?


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Mastodons lived during the ice age, the same time as mammoths. In fact, some people might confuse the two. But scientists say that mastodons have nipple-like projections on their front molars, made for chewing leaves, unlike the mammoth, whose high crowned teeth are used for grazing. The mastodons also have larger, flatter skulls than mammoths. This may have enabled the mastodon to chew more food, making it survive better in droughts and such.
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Image: '1,000,000 BC' http://www.flickr.com/photos/41864721@N00/2977737598



The elephant is also very similar to the mastodon and mammoth, yet not in the same time period. The elephants teeth fall out and more come in, just like all mammals. However, this happens repeatedly for an elephant. This might help it in its environment by making sure that its teeth can always chew up the precious leaves. The skull of an elephant depends on the type of elephant being recorded. African elephants have a long and thin skull. Asian elephants, however, have 90 degree oriented skulls. All this information says that lifestyles of mastodons, mammoths, and elephants are similar, even though they aren’t closely related. There are definitely differences between the 3, but in the long term, they had similar lives.

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