Scanning mastodon bones for science
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Richard Laub, retired curator of geology at the Buffalo Museum of Science, borrowed a CT scanner at Great Lakes Medical Imaging in Amherst to look at some mastodon bones and bone fragments. The bones are about 11,500 years old and came from a site just north of Springville, where they were excavated in the late 1990s. The mastodon bones are part of the museum's collection. Laub wanted to study scanned images of the bones because they are hollow and lack the spongy core of normal bones.