Hyde Park Mastodon Research:

Taphonomy basically means "studying what happens to animals (or plants) between the time they die and the time they are found as a fossil." This question often allows scientists to discover a little bit about the environment at the time the now-fossilized creature was living (and dying).

The bones of the Hyde Park Mastodon are in relatively pristine shape. What was thought to be a paleo-Indian cutmark has been reinterpretted, since no other signs of human interaction with the skeleton have come to light.

Click a category below to find out how research is progressing in that area:

Click here for information on research associated with Cornell's Gilbert Mastodon
Click here to go to the Hyde Park Mastodon General information page

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