- The Museum’s iconic mastodons have greeted more than a million visitors since they “became a couple” in 2005.
- Our mastodons are the only known display comparing a male and female mastodon in the world.
- Our mastodons inspired a grassroots effort involving schoolchildren to get mastodons named as Michigan’s State Fossil!
The Owosso Mastodon
- Was found on a farm in Owosso, Michigan, in the early 1940s.
- She lived about 11,000 years ago.
- She was put on display in 1947 -- 70 years ago!
- She is among the most complete mastodon skeletons ever discovered in Michigan.
- The Owosso mastodon has welcomed more than four million guests since 1947!
The Buesching Mastodon
- Was found near Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1998 on land owned by the Buesching family.
- He was around 34 years old when he died and weighed approximately 6 tons.
- He lived about 13,000 years ago.
- Most of the skeleton is painted casts made from the actual bones. Some are 3D printed models. His bones were returned to Indiana.