Mastodon Tusk Chemical Analysis Reveals First Evidence of One Extinct Animal’s Annual Migration

June 13, 2022

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Mastodon Tusk Chemical Analysis Reveals First Evidence Of One Extinct Animals Annual Migration Pair
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Presented by Michigan News

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History document the annual migration of an individual animal from an extinct species. Daniel Fisher, U-M Museum of Paleontology curator, professor, and study co-lead, discusses new research on the annual overland migration of male mastodons to their mating grounds. Implementing modeling and geochemical techniques, Fisher notes that you can decipher the growth, development, and history of changing land use and behavior through the structure and composition of the tusk.

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