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What is the closest living relative of the extinct Mastodon?

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Posted April 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM via web

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What is the closest living relative of the extinct Mastodon?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM (Answer #1)

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The Mastodon, also , and more commonly, known as the "Mammut" is thought to have become extinct during rapid climate change. More advanced tools - which would have allowed hunters to chase and kill them-  may also have been responsible for their dwindling numbers.

With shorter legs than mammoths and a longer, more muscular body, it was most closely related to an Asian elephant. The males were larger than the females.

Mammuts lived in herds, such as elephants but had a different habitat, living in forested areas and were browsers and grazers. Elephants, themselves, are only grazers. Browsers eat mostly leavers and grazers grass.  

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