Towards understanding isotope variability in elephant ivory to establish isotopic profiling and source-area determination

@inproceedings{Ziegler2016TowardsUI,
  title={Towards understanding isotope variability in elephant ivory to establish isotopic profiling and source-area determination},
  author={Stefan Ziegler and Stefan Merker and Bruno Streit and Markus Boner and D E Jacob},
  year={2016}
}
Abstract We present here new isotopic data (δ 13 C, δ 15 N, δ 18 O, δ 2 H, and δ 34 S) from pulverised ivory powder, measured by continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry from an unprecedented large dataset of 507 ivory samples, derived from twenty-eight African and six Asian elephant range states. The aim of this study is to assess the accuracy of isotopic fingerprinting and to evaluate its forensic potential and limitations to predict the provenance of ivory of unknown origin. We… CONTINUE READING