A mammoth is discovered in San Jose (cont.)

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carbon-dated to determine the age of the specimen. Bone chemical analysis may also provide some insight into the climate of the Bay Area during the Pleistocene.
Once cleaned, the bones may be returned on long term exhibit loan to the Santa Clara Valley Water District or a San Jose museum for public exhibition.
For more information and photographs of the mammoth excavation, see our San Jose mammoth pages.

Crane prepares to hoist skull/tusks block
Crane operators prepare to hoist the block containing the skull and tusks into a truck. (photo by Jenny McGuire)
  Early stage in the preparation of the skull/tusks block
An early stage in the preparation of the tusks and skull. This is the underside of the jacket that Mark and Beth Goodwin are working on in the photo on the previous page. Two rows of teeth can be seen just this side of the paintbrush. The handle of the paintbrush rests on one of the two condyles at the back of the skull. (photo by Dave Smith)

October, 2005

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