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Inbreeding did not kill mammoths

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf


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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:45 AM

www.bbc.co.uk said:

The last known population of woolly mammoths did not "inevitably" die out because of inbreeding and lack of genetic diversity, a study suggests.

Scientists used techniques normally used to tackle crime scenes to carry out DNA analysis of samples taken from Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean.

They said that it was more likely that human activity or environmental factors killed off the healthy creatures.

Their work is published in the journal Molecular Ecology.

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and then

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:16 PM

Maybe not, Waspie, but I bet it didn't do their social life much good :w00t:
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:40 PM

So their extinction occurred the same time as the Storegga slide hit.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:53 PM

I didn't know this was even a theory!

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:43 PM

View PostxROCKIEx, on 28 March 2012 - 01:53 PM, said:

I didn't know this was even a theory!

That is exactly what I was going to say!

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:30 AM

View Postshadowlark, on 28 March 2012 - 11:43 PM, said:

That is exactly what I was going to say!

That is exactly what I was going to say!



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