GPR Helps Locate Mammoth Bones

A few years ago an Iowa farmer came across a very large bone while out looking for berries near their home. The family continued to dig and found additional bones which they kept in their living room. They kept it a secret until recently when he asked a geosciences professor from the University of Iowa to help locate the rest of what has been confirmed to be the bones of a Mammoth.

gpr used to find mammoth bones
The scientists from the university used ground penetrating radar to scan the ground in the subject area in a grid form to identify potential targets subsurface. As a result of the excavation in those areas 30 bones have been located including a femur, multiple ribs, a few toe bones and vertebrae.

To find the odd Mammoth bone in that area is not all that uncommon. However, an almost complete skeleton would be extremely rare. The fact that the bones are buried in soil which may contain other information about that period of time is even more unusual. This can help the scientist determine valuable information about the environment in which they lived and died.

The scientists and students from the university plan to continue scanning and excavating till they find as much of this historic beast as possible.

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