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Development and application of a method for ivory dating by analyzing radioisotopes to distinguish legal from illegal ivory

Schmidberger, Andreas ; Durner, Bernhard ; Gehrmeyer, David ; Schupfner, Robert


The age determination of elephant ivory provides necessary and crucial information for all criminal prosecution authorities enforcing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The knowledge of the age of ivory allows to distinguish between pre-convention, hence legal material and ivory deriving from recent, illegal poaching incidents. The commonly ...


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