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Forensic Sci Int. 2011 Apr 15;207(1-3):e1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.10.022. Epub 2011 Mar 2.

Age assessment of ivory by analysis of 14C and 90Sr to determine whether there is an antique on hand.

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Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg, D-93040 Regensburg, Germany.

Abstract

A method is described to determine whether an elephant has died before 1955 or not. This is accomplished by determination of the radionuclides (14)C and (90)Sr in artifacts made of ivory. The reliability of this method is considerably increased by double nuclide analysis and therefore is applicable for judicial expert opinions.

PMID:
21371831
DOI:
10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.10.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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