The ice and snow of the past two weeks have all but disappeared and the last herd of American mastodons (Mastodon americanum) was seen walking back across the melting Bering Sea land bridge towards Cincinnati and Big Bone Lick State Park at Big Bone, Kentucky. The name of the park comes from the Pleistocene megafauna fossils found there. The mastodons—from the Greek meaning "beast" plus "tooth" for obvious reasons—are believed to have been drawn to the Big Bone location by a salt lick deposited around sulphur springs.
Now ice and mastodon-less here in East Tennessee we're reverting back into our normal past time—throwing Clovis spear points at passing trains.
|Last of the snow.|