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The return of the Woolly Mammoth

Researchers believe they can create a hybrid mammoth-elephant embryo within the next two years. The creature, sometimes referred to as a “mammophant”, would be partly elephant, but with features such as small ears, subcutaneous fat, long shaggy hair and cold-adapted blood. The mammoth genes for these traits are spliced into the

Woolly mammoth genome sequenced

An international team of researchers have successfully sequenced the genome of woolly mammoths who lived in Siberia 45,000 years ago. This discovery means that recreating extinct species is a much more real possibility, one we could in theory realize within decades,” says evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar, director of the Ancient DNA

Woolly mammoths interbred with other mammoths

A new study has revealed that woolly mammoths cavorted with Columbian mammoths, breeding hybrids of the two. “Living African elephant species hybridize where their ranges overlap, with the bigger species out-competing the smaller for mates. This results in mitochondrial genomes from the smaller species showing up in populations of the larger.

We may see a cloned woolly mammoth within four years

Thanks to a new breakthrough in cloning technology, it is a very real possibility that we will see a living, breathing woolly mammoth within four years. Previous efforts in the 1990s to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue from mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost failed because

Woolly mammoth excavation set to begin

Excavations are set to begin on the remains of woolly mammoths and mastodons found last month in Colorado. Crews from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science plan to start removing the bones Tuesday under an agreement reached with local officials. A bulldozer operator discovered some rib bones while working

Mammoth-carved bone not a forgery

Researchers have examined a 13,000-year-old carved bone featuring the image of a mammoth and have determined it to be genuine. In early 2009, local fossil collector James Kennedy cleaned off an old bone he found two years earlier and noticed some lines on it — lines that turned out to

Woolly mammoths weren’t hunted to extinction

A new study suggests that woolly mammoths became extinct because of dwindling grasslands, not because of human interference. "What our results have suggested is that the changing climate, through the effect it had on vegetation, was the key thing that caused the reduction in the population and ultimate extinction of

Woolly Mammoths had “anti-freeze” blood

A special kind of "anti-freeze" blood may have helped woolly mammoths survive life in the Arctic. Ancestors of both the extinct mammoth and modern elephants originated in equatorial Africa, scientists believe. But mammoths migrated north between 1.2 and two million years ago just as climate change caused temperatures to plunge.