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They were called mastodons. Maybe some really lost mammoths
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Can't see the pics... blogs are blocked here but...
Mastadons used to roam the N. American continent about 11,000 yrs ago. There are fossils all over N. Texas.... The Dallas Museum of natural history has an amazing display.
The Gomphotheriidae were a diverse taxonomic family of extinct elephant-like animals (proboscideans) — referred to as gomphotheres. They were widespread in North America during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs, 12-1.6 million years ago. Some lived in parts of Eurasia, Beringia and, following the Great American Interchange, South America. Beginning about 5 million years ago, they were gradually replaced by modern elephants, but the last two South American species, in the genus Cuvieronius, did not finally become extinct until possibly as recently as 9,100 BP, and Stegomastodon remains have been dated as recently as 6,060 BP in the Valle del Magdalena, Colombia. Gomphotheres also survived in Mexico and Central America until the end of the Pleistocene.
The name "gomphothere" comes from Greek γόμφος, "peg, pin; wedge; joint" plus θηρίον, "beast".
Gomphothere remains are common at South American Paleo-indian sites. Examples include the early human settlement at Monte Verde, Chile, dating to approximately 14,000 years ago, and the Valle del Magdalena, Colombia. Remains were also found in the El Fin del Mundo site in Sonora, Mexico's Clovis location – the first time such an association was found in a part of the continent where gomphotheres were thought to have gone extinct 30,000 years ago.[dead link]
Those are the only two possibilities.