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A new species of mastodon-a relative of the mammoth — has reportedly been discovered by scientists.
Researchers announced the discovery of the Mammut pacificus in a paper published in PeerJ on Wednesday.
Previously, there was one of the most important species of mastodon in North America, known as the Mammut american. This new species was, however, specifically for the North american west, or where California is today.
Mastodons went extinct about 10,000 years ago, according to LiveScience.
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According to Gizmodo, this is the first time in 50 years a new species of mastodon has been discovered. These machines have reportedly narrower choose, more vertebrae in the pelvis and not the lower tusk in their jaw, the outlet reported.
However, the scientists are not sure what the purpose of those differences were for the Silent machines.
“It is not necessarily a functional difference. It is more of a[n] ancestor descendant relationship, which she inherited,” co-author Eric Scott said during a presentation on Wednesday, Tech Times reported.
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Alton Dooley, Jr., the lead author of the paper and executive director of the Western Science Center, said the Kite, and he and his co-authors do not think that it was possible a new species can be discovered, because this kind of animals-Pleistocene — are very well studied.
“I am shocked that there is a mastodon taxon that was not recorded for so long,” he told the outlet.
Dooley, Jr. and his co-authors reportedly discovered the new species from fossils that had been excavated from the Diamond Valley Lake in the 1990s, after examining more than 500 machines, Tech Times reported. Since the fossils were unearthed, they are stored in the Western Science Center in Hemet, Calif.