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What is it?

Published on June 4, 2014 under Current Research
What is it?

Mammoth Site scientists are currently working on a project to identify specimen 76HS122, a femur head from an unknown animal.  The size of the specimen indicates it came from a large animal, but it is not large enough to belong to a mammoth.  The mystery bone does not match any of the large species already present in the sinkhole (camelops, llama, or giant short-faced bear).  So that means we have a new animal discovery!!!

Visual analysis of the specimen suggests it belongs to a bison, though the size and shape is also similar to elk and moose.  We are now attempting to identify the specimen through metric analysis by comparing measurements from our bone and those of known taxa (species or genus).

Justin Wilkins measuring a bison femur at the La Brea Tar Pits Page Museum

Justin Wilkins measuring a bison femur at the La Brea Tar Pits Page Museum.


Specimen 76HS122 with a scale bar in millimeters.

Specimen 76HS122 with a scale bar in millimeters.