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Bull mastodons in deadly combat; sound and fury from silent bones

Digital model of the head and tusks of two adult male mastodons.
Digital model of the head and tusks of two adult male mastodons.


2006-10-17 - ANN ARBOR, United States , Nancy Ross-Flanigan

The American mastodon, a massive, tusk-bearing relative of elephants, inhabited much of North America until its extinction just 10,000 years ago. New studies of bone damage on fossil remains of mature mastodon males—aided by 3-D computer graphics—indicate that some died of wounds inflicted by the tusks of other males. University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher will discuss the results at a news conference Oct. 16 during the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in...



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