Giant beavers, saber-toothed cats, wolves, moose — and Minnesota had the first horses! Well, kinda.

You may spot the modern-day bison or wolf or moose out in Minnesota’s nature and start to think about Minnesota history. The characteristics of these beasts in our remaining natural environments evoke a faraway time.
If this kind of stuff tickles your brain, then you’ll want to check out some of our very own glacial state’s long-ago residents of coolness, introducing:
Not only does MN have cool ancestors, it has some of the oldest sediments in the United States; this state is especially rich in fossils dating from the Ordovician period, from about 500 to 450 million years ago.