Moorland Mastodon
American Mastodon (Mammut americanus) at
Moorland swamp in United States

dead elephant ☨ ⚪ Moorland Mastodon  dead elephant
Moorland Mastodon displayed as museum specimen.
Moorland Mastodon as museum specimen. Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Merdzinski Director of Collections & Preservation Grand Rapids Public Museum
Taxidermy locationGrand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, United States



Species:American Mastodon (Mammut americanus)
Sex and age:, unknown age
Characteristics: Complete skeleton
Born:* 10 000 years ago wild
Birth place: in North America unspecified forest
Dead: 10 000 years ago
Death location: Moorland swamp
Death reason: unknown:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Moorland swamp, in United States

Date of arrival

Moorland swamp
from North America unspecified forest

Record history
History of updates2022-08-22

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† Moorland Mastodon is a dead fossil American Mastodon (Mammut americanus), , who died at Moorland swamp, in United States, .

Museum locationThe Museum specimen remains of this animal is within the collection at Grand Rapids Public Museum, in Grand Rapids, United States, since 1905-00-00.


Moorland Mastodon was born wild at North America unspecified forest.

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The complete mastodon Skeleton was found in a bog swamp near Muskegon Michigan and were acquired by the Museum in 1904. A 1940 GR Herald article indicate the Skeleton measured 18 ft long, 10 Feet high and 6 Feet wide, with the Tusks themselves being nearly 6 Feet in length."

The Museum director at that time, Frank DuMond, was always looking for a good "photo op" to help entice visitors to come down to the museum. The story here is that when the Shrine Circus was in town, he befriended the elephant trainer and convinced him to walk the Circus elephant from the Civic Auditorium to the Public Museum to 'meet" and "interview" the mastodon.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Moorland Mastodon, American Mastodon (Mammut americanus) located at Grand Rapids Public Museum in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 November 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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