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e13 EONS AGO, THE BOTH RUMBLED OVER FLORIDA By HAMPTON DUNN BARTOW -If you're cruising along State Road 60 east of Bartow and see an oversize "elephant" poised alongside the highway, don't get shook up. What you're seeing is a statue of a Pleistocene mamm oth, one of the giant animals which roamed the Florida peninsula in prehistoric times. It's a trade mark for the Phosphate Valley Exposition on this site. The North American imperial mammoth attained a shoulder height of 14 feet. This is the heart of the state's phosphate producing area, where 80% of the nation's phosphate is mined. Scooped up in this activity often are the fossilized bones of mastodons, saber toothed tigers and blue triangles with serrated edges, the teeth of big sharks which once swam th e warm shallow seas covering the state eons ago. The museum shows a splendid collection of pleistocene fos sils, said to be far more complete than that in the Smithsonian. Shortly after the phosphate "boom" began in Florida, the Florida Times Union of Ja cksonville, reported that phosphate beds were "the petrified remains of countless millions of animals whose existence dates back into the gray dawn of time .. but in carrying out God's plan, these huge monsters .. buried through all these millions of forgo tten ages, again come forth in other forms to give luxuriance and fertility to the plant life which feeds a hungry people (proving that) 'Life is constantly nursing at the bosom of death'."
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Eons ago, the [sic] both rumbled over Florida
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by Hampton Dunn.
Eons ago, they both rumbled over Florida
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 15, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the Pleistocene mammoth statue east of Bartow and the numerous fossils discovered during phosphate mining in the region.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.