STL Science Center

STL Science Center

02 November 2011

Finding Recently Extinct Animals

It's always fun to hear about cave painting and legends involving Ice Age mammals. There are myths that state that the giant beavers still exist and cryptozoologists have even gone looking for them. Camelops, as well as the beavers, have been depicted in a few cave paintings in the past. The first actual skeletal specimen of Castoroides was found in 1837 in an Ohio peat bog however, not swimming through a secluded lake. Camelops has been found in a Wal-mart parking lot, amongst other sites all over the Western United States and most prominently in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. From cave paintings to physical tar and peat recovery of fossils for these two animals, well, not in Florida; a Castoroides skull was pulled from a phosphate quarry in Florida.

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