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Discovery on Draft – Mastodons and Elephants

03/21/2018, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Mastodons used to roam the Indiana landscape. All that we know about them must be learned from their fossilized remains. Today, mastodons’ closest living relatives, elephants, live at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Discover some of the clues left behind by mastodons and how those clues compare and contrast to what we can observe in modern elephants. Join Ron Richards, museum senior research curator of paleobiology, and Niki Kowalksi, senior elephant trainer, from the Indianapolis Zoo, for this evening’s event. After the presentations, attendees will explore the newly renovated Frozen Reign: A State of Change gallery, and compare fossil and bone casts.

This event is free.