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Celina Suarez, left, watches as Brian Platt pours a plaster mold of an elephant's footprint Monday at the Topeka Zoo. Platt, a Kansas University graduate student in geology from Wayne, N.J., cast the footprints of an 8,000-pound elephant named Tembo at the zoo. The research will be used to help understand moisture levels in prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the earth.


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