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Ponies and the Pleistocene--Ouchie

Our bull, Mammoth Q, has an interesting detail: a poorly-healed rib fracture! Kimono is standing on a replica of Q, because the actual fossils are so fragile. You can see the bone callous is bigger than she is.

Some details on bones tell us a little bit about an animal's life. This broken rib, for instance, is one of the most common injuries male elephants inflict on each other today. Knowing this, we speculate that Q fought another male roughly a year before he came to central Texas. There is no way to tell if he won, but he did walk away with a nasty injury. It got infected, but it eventually started to heal. By that point, he had arrived at the banks of the Bosque River, where he spied some female mammoths. Q went to introduce himself, and it ended up being the last thing he ever did.

Poor fellow.


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Jun. 26th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
I think it's so cool that you get to work on these. I always wanted to be an archaeologist....lots of digging in the dirt!
Jun. 26th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
As someone with a degree in archaeology, a gentle correction: this is paleontology, not archaeology. I assure you, I say this with a smile on my face and no rancor in my heart.

Archaeology: the study of humanity via physical remains (which can include bones, and arrowheads, and even layers of dirt that indicate post holes for tents, etc.)

My bf in college kept saying it was neat I was studying how to dig up dinosaurs... -_- sigh.

But yes, entirely seconded on how awesome and cool this is!! :D
Jun. 26th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I know the difference - I was referring to digging in the dirt, but I didn't think a late night LJ comment needed to be that explainy :-D

OTOH, I know what you mean - I worked in libraries and people are always amazed you need to "go to school" to be a librarian :-P
Jun. 27th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
Fair enough!
Brainiacs represent! ;)

I had a good friend go from an archaeology to a library major, and last I heard she was helping restore old monastery bibles in a museum somewhere - occasionally the two overlap. :D

When I was 8, I wanted to be a paleontologist, but at the wise old age of 10 I decided archaeology made more sense "because there were more people things around." I was a weird kid.
Jun. 27th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
If I could do it all over again I'd be a forensic anthropologist, bones fascinate me so! Has anyone ever read the book 'Bones and Their Functions'? I recommend it highly!

And I love how we no longer just grab bones, stick 'em together and stuff 'em in a museum to forget about. The study of such fossils do show us how they lived. Any glimpse into the past is to be treasured!
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