Citizen volunteers help paleontologists analyze ancient mastodon remains
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Following swiftly on from our recent story covering ClicktoCure's crowdsourced approach to cancer research comes word of a like-minded initiative in the world of paleontology. Now under way at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), the Mastodon Matrix Project is putting citizen volunteers to work by getting them to analyze samples of the dirt surrounding ancient mastodon remains. The Mastodon Matrix Project has actually been going on for several years already, but it was just recently brought into the public's eye when a fourth-grade class in Pennsylvania discovered an 11,500-year-old mastodon hair through the effort, which targets school classes and other…
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