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Mastodons--Iowa--Franklin County; Fossils--Collection and preservation--Iowa;
Many preservation attempts have been made on the tusk that the University of Northern Iowa acquired. Due to the poor preservation attempts a lot of damage has happened and has caused the tusk to be in a way of disrepair. The Carver grant is very keen on the future preservation of the tusk. The sublimation of nucleobases will be able to help guide the type of preservation methods used in order to preserve the nucleobases and possible DNA still in the tusk. The extraction of nucleobases will not only help with the future preservation of tusk but it will also help to provide a potential family tree of the Mammut americanum founded in the area.
Joshua A. Sebree
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
©2017 Joshua Prybil
Jocic, Nina, "Carbonization Studies on Mammut americanum Tusk" (2017). Mastodon Tusk Project Posters. 5.