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McMaster aDNA analysis aids in identification of University of Madison-Wisconsin mastodons

Graduate students Emil Karpinski and Jonathan Hughes resolve lingering misidentification questions surrounding Boaz and Anderson Mills mastodons.

May 28, 2015

As part of the centennial of the Boaz mastodon organized by Carrie Eaton (University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum curator of collections), lab members Emil Karpinski and Jonathan Hughes conducted genetic testing of the Boaz and Anderson Mills proboscidean remains. Their findings suggests both sets of remains belong to mastodons (Mammut americanum), resolving the genetic identification questions first posed in 1915.

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