Our study on mammoth sex and social structure published in Current Biology
My second mammoth paper was published in Current Biology on November 2, 2018.
While making an inventory of our mammoth data, we found out that there is an excess of male samples. To be precise, 69% of the 95 samples we could determine sex for was male.
To explain the skewed sex ratio, the whole group became involved to brainstorm ideas and read up on megafauna biology. We organized a writing retreat in the Stockholm archipelago and in between having fika and enjoying sauna, we wrote a draft of a manuscript, which was (after a lot of polishing and implementing reviewers' valuable suggestions) accepted in Current Biology.
To find out more about our study and why we see more mammoth males than females in the fossil record, check out the press relaease prepared by Cell Press: