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Study tracks elephant tusks from 16th century shipwreck

December 17, 2020

In 1533, the Bom Jesus – a Portuguese trading vessel carrying 40 tons of cargo including gold, silver, copper and more than 100 elephant tusks – sank off the coast of Africa near present-day Namibia. The wreck was found in 2008, and scientists say they now have determined the source of much of the ivory recovered from the ship.


December 17, 2020


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Researchers Unmask Centuries-old Elephant Imposter

November 4, 2013

Researchers Unmask Centuries-old Elephant Imposter

Through state-of-the-art ancient DNA and protein research and an exhaustive investigation of historical literature, researchers have determined a 300-year-old type specimen for Asian elephants is actually an African elephant.

Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences Alfred Roca, left, with Research Specialist Yasuko Ishida


November 4, 2013


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