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Mammoth find offers possible cloning hopes

Posted on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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An expedition has discovered the well preserved remains of a mammoth in Siberia's Yakutia region.

Skin and bone samples were retrieved via a tunnel dug in to the permafrost, offering the possibility of finding intact DNA that could be used to clone the animal. Many in the scientific community however remain skeptical that it will be possible to retrieve DNA that hasn't degraded over time, making the concept of producing a live specimen through cloning highly unlikely.

Mammoths first appeared over 4.8 million years ago and lived right up to as recently as 5,000 years ago. It is believed that a combination of climate change and human hunting lead to their eventual extinction.

"The skin and bone were recovered from a tunnel dug into the permafrost in the Ust-Yansk area of the Yakutia region on Russia's Arctic coast."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by csspwns on 16 September, 2012, 2:51
if only the DNA was at absolute zero *sighs* to bad we got no way of getting there (just learned bout it last week in science shhh)
Comment icon #8 Posted by thewild on 16 September, 2012, 3:53
I hope they do clone one. I also hope for the Tazmanian Tiger too. There is so much to be learned from these species..Bring back the dodo! Didn't they also find T-rex soft tissue in a bone fossil? I bet somewhere in Nevada they are growing a T-rex...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Chooky88 on 16 September, 2012, 13:57
Why? Anyway. African elephants are larger. Bring back the Tassie Tiger. What a crime of humanity that eas
Comment icon #10 Posted by Junior Chubb on 16 September, 2012, 22:44
There are some that hope the Tazmanina Tiger is not extinct, there are even some who hold out hope for the Dodo... Bringing back the Dodo would kill off a great saying though. 'Dead as a Dodo' would be dead as a Dodo...
Comment icon #11 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 16 September, 2012, 23:19
Looking on the bright side, Dodo was said to taste better than chicken.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Junior Chubb on 16 September, 2012, 23:37
I feel like Dodo tonight, like Dodo tonight...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Sundew on 18 September, 2012, 0:13
Yeah, I routinely look online for sightings in Tazmania and the rest of Oz (as supposedly Thyacines were released there also once upon a time) but so far nothing convincing. Pity that.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Junior Chubb on 18 September, 2012, 0:26
You have probably seen this thread already but just in case you have missed it. Nothing new, just something you might like to read...
Comment icon #15 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 18 September, 2012, 6:17
Absolutely right.. They will do it.. Already you can see how much the African Elephants suffer. Human beings are the worst creature ever to exist on this Earth.

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