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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Mastodon 'Max' fossil found in the Diamond Valley Reservoir in Hemet seen as a new species of ice age elephant


Last updated 4/5/2019 at 2:34pm

These fossil replicas of "Max" the new species of North American mastodon are on display at the Wester Science Center Museum at 2345 Searl Parkway in Hemet. Tony Ault photos

Unknown to paleontologist and scientists at the Western Science Center a 15,000-year-old mastodon fossil, fondly named "Max," was hiding the fact that he was a new species of mastodon – a "Mammut pacificus."

Paleontologists and scientists Dr. Alton Dooley, Kathleen Springer and Eric Scott, who are three of the six members of the excavation team that uncovered Max from a dig now covered in the waters of the Metropolitan Water District Diamond Valley Reservoir in Hemet, made the announcement Wednesday, March 27, at the center.

It was four years of study into the origin of Max by the scien...

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