Investing in scientific 'wonder'

From its earliest days, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum was a communal undertaking. The first UW Board of Regents meeting, in 1848, included a call to create "a geological and mineralogical cabinet of the various ores, rocks, fossils, &c., found within the state." That legacy of generosity, of community contributions for the greater good of science and shared knowledge, continues today.

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Rewriting the history of Geology Museum's Boaz mastodon

Through a combination of modern-day scientific sleuthing, historical detective work, and a plethora of persistence, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have rewritten the story of a celebrated mastodon whose skeleton has been on display for a century.

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