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Ash

Heya,

 

Skye and I received this as a wedding gift and we're wondering if it really is mammoth hair, or is it yak? Or even fibrous plant material? We're both scratching our heads as to whether it actually is even hair.

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abyssunder

I think, SEM resolution images would reveal more details of what could be there. I have a feeling that some of the elements (or maybe all ?) look like plant material, but's just a thought.

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Dracorex_hogwartsia

I'm not an expert on Mammoth hair but I recently bought some and it doesn't quite look like yours. Yours really looks like dried plant material to me but again I don't claim to be an expert.

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Arizona Chris

I have a bunch of mammoth hair too, but it doesn't look like yours.  The leafy looking blades on the shafts are not normal.  I know this is a weird suggestion, but when you burn hair, it has  particular smell.  Just a thought.....;)

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Aurelius

There's clearly plant material there, but that doesn't mean it's all plant. Some high resolution macro photos might help.

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snolly50

I think the plant detritus adds to the specimens mystique. My guess, it's legit mammoth hair contaminated with some very old, previously frozen vegetation. If mammoths get frozen, so should mammoth food stuffs. Pop a strand under a microscope. You should be able to see the distinctive "scaly" texture of hair.

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The Speeding Carno

Based on the pic, it seems very not bendy (great terminology I know) and from what I've heard mammoth hair is rather bendy

 

Please do correct me if I'm wrong

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ynot

It is long, course and red(ish)- all traits I would expect from mammoth.

I would say go with what the tag says.

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Paleoworld-101

Doesn't look like mine either. Do you know where it was purchased from? 

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LordTrilobite

I would agree that something doesn't quite look right. Hair is transparent, when looking from under a microscope this is quite visible. An easy test would be to pluck one of you own hairs and see how they compare. Sure we humans are not the same as mammoths, but it might give an indication.

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RJB

Looks very plant like to me?

 

RB

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aplomado

Looks like the hair may just be dirty to me.  Just a guess.

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Ash
16 hours ago, snolly50 said:

I think the plant detritus adds to the specimens mystique. My guess, it's legit mammoth hair contaminated with some very old, previously frozen vegetation. If mammoths get frozen, so should mammoth food stuffs. Pop a strand under a microscope. You should be able to see the distinctive "scaly" texture of hair.

 

We had a look under a weak digital microscope at a fossil shop here in Branson (he thinks what you said also), it doesn't look like plant roots. But what you said is our thoughts - plant material in amongst hair. Mammoths also had a softer down (which is what most seem to get, that fluffy looking hair) and an outer layer of guard here's - which this may be.

 

Cheers for the answers

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Doctor Mud
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It doesn't look like Mammoth hair samples I have seen.

But I think if you have access to a transmission light microscope - one that is lit from below with a stage where you put slides with coverslips that would be useful.

take a small piece and look at high magnification 200 - 400 x

plant matter will have plant cellular structure mammal hair is much different.

See this excellent guide here:

 

http://www.microlabgallery.com/hair.aspx

 

 

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Jesuslover340
1 hour ago, Doctor Mud said:

It doesn't look like Mammoth hair samples I have seen.

But I think if you have access to a transmission light microscope - one that is lit from below with a stage where you put slides with coverslips that would be useful.

take a small piece and look at high magnification 200 - 400 x

plant matter will have plant cellular structure mammal hair is much different.

See this excellent guide here:

 

http://www.microlabgallery.com/hair.aspx

 

 

Afraid we don't have access to such a microscope O.o If it can be determined between hair and plant, I'd say it's safe to say mammoth...

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Ash

Anyone with anymore thoughts since we got new pics?

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