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Alaska State Fossil

Woolly Mammoth fossil - click to see all state dinosaurs and fossil symbols
Woolly Mammoth fossil at La Brea Tar Pits, California:
photo © 1990 David Morgan-Mar: DM's Photo Gallery (used by permission).
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Woolly Mammoth

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The woolly mammoth was designated the official state fossil of Alaska in 1986. Giant grass-eaters of the Ice Age tundra, the woolly mammoth stood 10-12 feet (3-3.7 meters) tall at the shoulder and weighed 6-8 tons.

Woolly mammoth fossil skeleton - click to see all state fossils
Mammoth skeleton photo by John Kannenberg on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works. See All State Fossils.

Nebraska also designates the mammoth as a state symbol, and Michigan recognizes the giant mastodon. What's the difference between a mammoth and a mastodon? Mastodons had straighter tusks than the mammoth, and both the body and head of the mastodon is longer and squatter than the woolly mammoth (its back doesn't slope like a mammoth's).

Source:
FAQ Alaska: SLED - Statewide Library Electronic Door
Mammoths: Illinois State Museum
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Woolly Mammoth - Carnegie Collection
Woolly Mammoth - Carnegie Collection

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