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January 25, 2013

Fred the Mastodon unveiled

INDIANAPOLIS — It has been 14 years since Dan Buesching found some huge bones in the mucky soil of his Allen County peat farm, but Fred the Mastodon has finally come to rest at the entrance to the Level 1 Nina Mason Pulliam Gallery of the Indiana State Museum, where he was recently unveiled in a ceremony to a crowd of donors, Bueschings and board members.

This fall, the mastodon will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit, “Indiana’s Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons,” presented by IMI.

About Fred — he is the Indiana State Museum’s most complete skeleton of a mastodon and one of the most complete skeletons in the Midwest. Buesching discovered a 9-foot tusk in 1998, when he was digging peat moss on his family’s farm. He weighs three tons and his skull is about 250 pounds. Each tusk weighs 100 pounds. Mounted, he is about 9 feet tall.

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