Mineral Monday: Mastodon

Learn about this prehistoric species of elephant on this week's episode of Mineral Monday.

Mastodon foot

This reconstructed mastodon foot and wrist is on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum upstairs in case number 58.

Mineral Monday: Mastodon

Learn about this prehistoric species of elephant on this week's episode of Mineral Monday.

This reconstructed mastodon foot and wrist is on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum upstairs in case number 58.

Mastodon foot

This reconstructed mastodon foot and wrist is on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum upstairs in case number 58.

The College of Science weekly video series, Mineral Monday, explores the many minerals, fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum, as told by curator Garrett Barmore. For today's episode, Garrett takes us upstairs to check out a set of specimens in the Keck Museum's paleontology collection. Watch Mineral Monday: Mastodon to learn about this prehistoric elephant.

Garrett stands near the mastodon display

The mezzanine level of the Keck Museum houses the paleontology collection which includes this set of mastodon fossils. Many of the fossils on display were found in Nevada.

Mastodon button

Located in the Mackay School of Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens, and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

The first 10 visitors to mention this episode will receive a Mineral Monday: Mastodon button! For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck

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