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A mastodon skeleton on display at the American Museum of Natural History. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mammut_americanum.jpg">Ryan Somma</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A mastodon skeleton on display at the American Museum of Natural History. Photo: Ryan Somma, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Mastodon has new home at Cambridge NY school

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) A mastodon that was on display at a New York college for 80 years and in storage for another 20 now has a new home at an upstate school.

Steve Butz, a science teacher at Cambridge High School, says the New York State Museum has permanently loaned parts of the Vassar Mastadon's skeleton to his school.

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The mastodon was created in 1902 by a professor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. The Vassar Mastodon included skeletal remains of an animal unearthed in Ohio in 1895 as well as the bones of eight other mastodons.

It was displayed at the college until the mid-1980s, then kept in storage for two decades before being acquired by the State Museum in Albany.

Butz oversaw the mastodon's restoration by students in Cambridge, where it will be used as a teaching tool.

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