Neolithic Architecture: What is a Mastodon?

A mastodon (mastós ‘breast’ + odoús ‘tooth’), are proboscidean beings, that belong to the extinct genus Mammut.

It is believed mastodons may have went extinct around the Neolithic revolution 10,000-12,000 years ago, due to a flood; over hunting; or a combination of factors.

A mastodon bone in New Mexico

American mastodon at La Brae

Bibliography: Origin and meaning of mastodon. (n.d.). Etymonline. Retrieved Feb 2022

Kurtin, Bjvrn; Björn Kurtén Elaine Anderson (1980). Pleistocene Mammals of North America (illustrated ed.). Columbia University Press. p. 345. ISBN0231037333.

Kolbert, Elizabeth (2014). The sixth extinction : an unnatural history (First ed.). New York: Henry Holt and Co. pp. 25–26. ISBN978-0805092998.

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