Prehistoric Elk Remains in Cranberry Prairie, Mercer County, Ohio
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v85, n3 (June, 1985), 112-115
A nearly complete elk (Cervus elaphus) skeleton was excavated in a peat and marl deposit on the Ron Stucke farm, Cranberry Prairie, Mercer County, Ohio. Although elements in the molluscan fauna indicate a late Pleistocene age, a radiocarbon date of 9370 B.P. ± 70 yr was obtained from a bone sample. Unusual features of the adult skeleton are extreme dental wear on the lower first molars; incomplete ossification of the scapula; and a hole punched through the left scapula, probably due to a prehistoric hunting weapon.
Author Institution: Ohio State University Libraries ; Natural History Collections, Ohio Historical Society ; Mobile Research and Development Corporation
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