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Mastodon Gladiators

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Science  14 Nov 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5648, pp. 1143
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5648.1143

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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA-- From 15 to 18 October, 1000 paleontologists flocked to the banks of the Mississippi for SVP's 63rd annual meeting. Researchers demonstrated that not all prehistoric killers were carnivores: Rival mastodons, stoked by surging hormones, occasionally battled to the death.