Learn about the Hyde Park Mastodon!

Look at the Hyde Park Mastodon Fact Sheet, and see pictures of the Mastodon

See molds being made of the Hyde Park Mastodon

Find out exactly what goes into digging up a mastodon!

View the Daily Logs:

June 2000 Recon Trip

August, 2000 Excavation

See and Read Media Coverage on the Hyde Park Mastodon

Matrix Project - Get yourself, your highschool class, or even your Girl Scout troupe, involved in the research.

Adopt-A-Bone - Learn about the bones of the Hyde Park mastodon, and help support its preservation

Above: Jim Sherpa at work at the University of Michigan's Museum of Paleontology, helping to make scientific molds of the Hyde Park mastodon. It is these molds which will then allow the casting of the mastodon. These casts can then be studied by researchers,instead of studying the bones themselves, which will be mounted at the Museum of the Earth.

Here, Jim is repairing a broken piece of the skull. Any broken portions of the skeleton need to be reconstructed as completely as possible before molding can begin.