When Built: January 1995
The Mastodon Replica represents the male juvenile Mastodon whose bones were unearthed in 1991 at the National Gypsum Quarry near Milford, N.S..
The entire project, form sculpting the clay model to the completion of the fiberglass and steel replica took about 8 weeks.
The project of creating the Mastodon Replica began by first sculpting a clay scale model based on imformation supplied by archeologists and studying illustrations and other models. At a scale of 1" to 1' close attention was paid to skeletal and muscular structure, in particular the shape and size of its shoulders and unique sloped head. The tusks were modelled off of real one at the N.S. museum.
The Mastodon ears proved to be a bit of a problem as no one knows exactly what they would have looked like. Unlide African and Asian elephants, who have large floppy ears to provide cooling, Mastodons living in cold climates probably didn't develop such large ears. It was decided to give the Mastodon smaller versions of those found on modern elephants.
Information Source: Mastodon Ridge Developments
Picture Source: Jamie Playfair of Advocate Printing & Publishing Co Ltd.