National Geographic : 1955 Dec
© National Geographic Society 792 Painting by Andre Durenceau Primitive Men Use Guile to Trap a Witless Mastodon and Stone It to Death This flat-headed relative of the elephant arrived in the New World some 15 million years ago. Its dome skulled cousin, the woolly mammoth, did not appear until the glacial epoch (page 782). Human relics have been found with mastodon bones from Florida to California. Colonial Americans, discover ing the brute's manlike molars, regarded them as the teeth of giants. Clothed in coarse hair, this beast stands 10 feet at the shoulder. So great is its bulk that spears cannot reach the vitals; hurled rocks kill it slowly. If preserved by cold weather, one carcass could feed the hunters indefinitely.