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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.