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Mastodon bones excavated from Wakulla Springs

Scientific interest in the spring began in 1850, when Sarah Smith reported seeing the bones of an ancient mastodon on the bottom. Since that time, scientists have identified the remains of at least nine other extinct mammals that date to the last glacial period, deposited as far as 1,200 feet (360 m) back into a cave.

Today, at a depth of about 190 feet (58 m), the fossilized remains of mastodons are in full view along with other fossils.

The Mastodon skeleton found at Wakulla Springs is on display at:

The Museum of Florida History
500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: 850-245-6400

Many archaeological and scientific excavations have been at Wakulla Springs. From the early days of man to the ancient animals that lived here. Wakulla Springs has been and continue to be a place of incredible fascination to the scientific and archaeological community.

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