Meet our BIGGEST family members!
Meet Seymour the Mastodon and Stanley the Albertosaurus!
Mastodons are relatives to elephants and the extinct mammoth and lived three million to nine thousand years ago. In addition to Seymour, the museum has a number of Mastodon remains in its collection excavated by museum staff, researchers and volunteers over 29 years at its Ice Age dig site in Byron, New York.
Albertosaurus is a member of the dinosaur family that also included the best known member, Tyranosaurus rex, which did not roam the earth until some 7 to 10 million years later. Both were two-legged flesh-eating dinosaurs, and for the most part probably active predators, although the importance of scavenging has also been suggested for T. rex in particular. Like Tyrannosaurus, Albertosaurus had small (but powerful) arms, and an enormous head with curved and serrated teeth, but a smaller body likely allowing for more speed and agility than its larger ancestor.
Seymour and Stanley made their way to the Museum as part of a generous gift from Buffalo native, Lise Buyer.