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A New “Lady” in Town, Part II: Priscilla the loner mastodon was meatier than a mammoth, but he was no meathead
May 5, 2012 · Be The First To Comment

And now, back to our Priscilla. The American mastodon starred in the opening chapters of American science. Thomas Jefferson got some mastodon bones from Kentucky and put them on display in the White House in the 1790s. Jefferson was sure that wild mastodons still roamed the unexplored land west of the Mississippi, so he instructed […]

A New “Lady” in Town, Part I: Why Priscilla the mastodon isn’t a mammoth at all
May 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

“It’s the biggest gosh darn mastodon I ever saw! Wowzah!” Yes, that’s a direct quote. It wouldn’t be a lie to say it’s hard to surprise our esteemed Dr. Bob Bakker, Curator of Paleontology. (That would be me.) But Priscilla did it. “It’s H-U-G-E ! You could fit a Diplodocus torso inside this rib cage!” […]

Priscilla, queen of the paleo hall: Our mastodon has a story worthy of the silver screen
May 1, 2012 · Be The First To Comment

Well, “queen” might be inappropriate. Priscilla was actually a boy, and only so-named because her enormous ribs reminded the diver who discovered her of his childhood pet pig, Priscilla. (You can’t make this stuff up.) Priscilla, the 12-foot-tall mastodon cast who will be joining more than 60 other new mounts in our new paleontology hall […]

Lucy’s Monstrous Misfits II: Upside-Down Mastodon
September 17, 2009 · 1 Comment

Dr. Bakker’s series on Lucy continues below. Check out  Part 1: Lucy – Out of Africa. Not! and Part 2: Lucy’s Monstrous Misfits: The Moose-Giraffe. Why did some of Lucy’s neighbors score big bio-geographical successes, spreading over many continents? Three More Cases: Hairy Monsters With Tusks & Trunks photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar (on the […]



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