This is A Video of Mastodon The Band Talking About Mastodon The Animal

Atlanta progressive-metal band Mastodon’s riffs sound like they come straight out of a prehistoric tar pit, so it makes sense that they’re also experts on the prehistoric animal that is the band’s namesake. This week, Fuse TV aired a clip in which frontman and bassist Troy Sanders illuminated viewers on the life and times of one of the Pleistocene epoch’s most misunderstood creatures.

For example, mastodons are not the same as woolly mammoths. At all. They’re not even all that closely related, although they both inhabited North America and somewhat resemble modern elephants. In fact, Sanders says, "they’re not even on speaking terms." Also, their name in Greek literally translates to "nipple tooth." I thought Sanders was kidding. He’s not. Now you know.

Other important facts Sanders has to offer about the noble mastodon are that it was "heavier than Zeppelin II" and that mastodons were "flightless… or were they?"

Watch the rest below. Goodnight, everybody!

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