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The Vertebrate Paleontology Collection

The Vertebrate Paleontology collection at the Joseph Moore Museum is proud to house one of the most important specimens of Pleistocene mammals in the world. The Giant Beaver (Casteroides ohioensis) skeleton on display is the single most complete specimen of its species everfound. Discovered in 1889 in eastern Randolph County it was acquired for the museum by Joseph Moore himself. Yet in addition to the beaver skeleton, the collection also contains 139 specimens from 25 states and 15 countries. These include a mastodon (Mastodon americanus) composite skeleton and a bison skull that is widely considered the best ever found in Indiana.

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Woodman, N. and N. Beavan Athfield (2009) Post-Clovis survival of American Mastodon in the southern Great Lakes Region of North America. Quaternary Research, 72(3): 359-363.

Woodman, N. and J. W. Branstrator. (2008) The Overmyer Mastodon (Mammut americanum) from Fulton County, Indiana. American Midland Naturalist, 159(1): 125-146.

More information on Neal Woodman and the Joseph Moore Museum’s Overmyer Mastodon can be found at:

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