Mastodons Did Not Survive

This exhibit examines extinction through the example of the mastodon, which used to be plentiful in Michigan during the last ice age.

  • Learn about animals that went extinct by the close of the last ice age like Mammut americanum, the American mastodon; Smilodon fatalis, the sabre toothed cat; Camelops hesternus, the western camel; and Glyptotherium floridanus, the North American glyptodont.
  • Discover how human hunting may have caused the extinction of some North American mammals.