Mastodont tusk

Mastodont tusk

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fossilised mastodon tusk protruding from rock. The mastodon (Mammut sp.) lived from 20 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago. It was an elephant-like animal, part of the megafauna (large animals) of prehistoric times that became extinct. Numerous fossils have been unearthed across the Americas. This fossil was found in Ecuador.

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Keywords: american, animal, animals, ecuador, ecuadorean, fossil, fossil vertebrate, fossilised, fossilology, fossils, mammal, mammut, mastodont, megafauna, natural history, palaeontology, paleontology, prehistoric, prehistory, south america, tooth, tusk, vertebrates

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