While similar in size and stature, fossil evidence shows that mastodons were slightly smaller than mammoths, with shorter legs and lower, flatter heads.
Both animals were herbivores, but mastodons had cone-shaped cusps on their molars designed to crush leaves, twigs and branches.
Is a mastodon bigger than a mammoth?
Despite the superficial resemblance, mastodons were distinct from mammoths. Mastodon were shorter and stockier than mammoths with shorter, straighter tusks. Mastodon have straighter tusks and pointier teeth; mammoths have curled tusks and flat teeth.
How big is a mastodon?
The average body size of the species M. americanum was around 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in) in height at the shoulders, corresponding to a large female or a small male; large males were up to 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in) in height.
How big was the largest mammoth?
29 feet long and 17 feet at the shoulder-the biggest mammoth specimen ever found.
Where was the mastodon found?
The first mastodon fossils were found in 1705, according to the Oregon History Project, when a large tooth and bone fragments were found in the Hudson River Valley in New York.