Mammuthus Columbi fossil "chin" - Special Handling Required

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The proboscidean order of mammals (including all Elephants and Mammoths) have a very unique feature in their lower jaw.  At the foremost point of the jaw, there is a slot to receive the trunk.   When an elephant or mammoth takes a drink, they draw water into their trunk.  Then, the trunk is placed in this slot between the teeth.  This feature allows the animal to close their mouth and not spill too much of their drink.

This fossil has been consolidated with Polyvinyl Butyral and Cyanoacrylate; consistent with museum practices for protecting vertebrate fossils.

At nearly 8lb and 13in in greatest length, this item will require construction of a special container.  Local pickup would be preferred.  Please contact us directly if interested in this specimen.

Mammuthus Columbi was native to what is now Texas, Southern U.S. and Mexico.  Reaching 14 ft at the shoulder, the Colombian Mammoth was larger than both the African Elephant (max. 13ft), and the Woolly Mammoth (about 11ft).  Like modern elephants, mammoths wore-through six sets of teeth in their life, but typically had only 4 teeth in action at a given point-in-time.

Our Somervell County Mammoth fossils came from a 40-year family collection.  As we were told, the family previously ranched about 5,000 acres they owned.  And, in the process of excavating a couple of ponds, they encountered Pleistocene bone.  They didn't know a lot about preserving fossil bone, but made a wise decision in keeping them indoors and out of the weather.  As is typical with fossil bone, most pieces have some degree of repair.