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Nebraska State Fossil:

Woolly Mammoth fossil - click to see all state fossils
Woolly Mammoth fossil at La Brea Tar Pits, California: photo © 1990 David Morgan-Mar: DM's Photo Gallery. See All State Fossils & Dinosaurs.

Mammoth

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Nebraska designated the mammoth as the official state fossil in 1967. Various species of mammoth crossed the Bering Strait land bridge in prehistoric times and spread throughout most of North America. 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 (5500-7300 kilograms), with massive curling tusks and long shaggy hair.

Mammoth fossils have been found in most Nebraska counties. One mammoth found in Lincoln County (Archidiskodon imperator maibeni) was one of the world's largest elephant fossils (displayed in the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln).

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.

Alaska 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:
Nebraska's state symbols (PDF): Nebraska Legislature
Mammoths: Illinois State Museum
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Woolly Mammoth - Carnegie Collection
Woolly Mammoth - Carnegie Collection

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