Mastodon Ridge features a life-size reproduction of the mastodons who roamed this region 79,000 years ago. While mastodons and mammoths no longer exist, they are wooly cousins of present-day elephants. During its lifetime, the mastodon would have been living in a climate somewhat colder than our own, feeding on conifers and marsh vegetation.
Mastodons are found in the fossil record from 10,000,000 years ago to when they went extinct 10,000 years ago. No one knows exactly why they went extinct, perhaps hunting caused their demise.
The reconstructed skeleton of our mastodon, discovered in 1991 in a gypsum quarry in Milford, is on display at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax, NS.
Several fossils of these mastodon bones, including a tooth, rib bone, hip section, shoulder blade and section of the tusk, are on display at Mastodon Ridge.