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Alaska State Symbols - State Fossil Wooly Mammoth

Alaska's state fossil is mammuthus primigenius or the wooly mammoth. These very large grass eaters were 10-12 feet high at the shoulders and weighed between 6 and 8 tons. Their range covered the northern sections of Alaska and the Tanama River valley near Big Delta in the Alaska interior. This photo depicts how wooly mammoths looked, and is not an actual mammoth, although an intact baby has since been found elsewhere. Gold miners have occassionally found tusks and teeth in streams and on hillsides.  The photo is from the Alaska state web site.

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