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Glossary of terms and related links

Glossary of terms

Clovis
Human migrants of Asia

Excavate
To expose or uncover by or as if by digging.

Glaciation

The process by which glaciers spread over the land.

Ice age
An ice age is a period in the Earth's history when ice sheets cover vast regions of land; when capitalized, the term refers to the Pleistocene glacial epoch, from 2 million to 10,000 years ago.

Mastodon
A large mammal, extinct relative of the elephant, which lived during the Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs.

Miocene Epoch
The time span from 25 million to 5 million years ago.

Paleontology
The study of life from past geological times as known from fossil remains.

Pleistocene Epoch
The time span from 2 million to 10,000 years ago.

Proboscidea
Large mammals that bear big flexible trunks formed of the nostrils and upper lip and tusks.

Woolly mammoth
A large mammal, cousin to the elephant, that lived during the Pleistocene era.

Related links

PRI - Ithaca's Museum of the Earth

Mastodons - Illinois State Museum

Ice Ages - Illinois State Museum

The UnMuseum - Of Mastodons, Mammoths

The Mastodon

Mastodon - Prehistoric Animals

The Mammoth Site Museum of Hot Springs, SD

The Ice Age