Hyde Park Mastodon Research

Scanning Electron Microscope images of samples taken from the sediments at Hyde Park. From left to right: unidentified diatom, thorax from a beetle, and charophyte (a type of aquatic vegetation). These are the types of things scientists will be studying form the core taken at the Hyde Park site to help reconstruct the climate of the area at the time the mastodon walked the Earth. (Thanks to the Boston Museum of Science for these SEM images.)

A compilation of research was published by PRI in its scientific journal Paleontolographica Americana in 2008. The issue, titled Mastodon paleobiology, taphonomy, and paleoenvironment in the Late Pleistocene of New York State: studies on the Hyde Park, Chemung, and North Java Sites, has 20 scientific papers by over 40 scientists,