How did mammoths survive the extreme cold ?
By T.K. Randall
May 3, 2010 · 9 comments
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For the first time scientists have recreated a blood protein that could explain how mammoths survived the ice age.
The feat represents a breakthrough as it is the first time that proteins from a long extinct animal have been recreated. Mammoths died out around 3500 years ago but were highly adapted to survive in the bitter cold of the last ice age.
Canadian scientists have resurrected haemoglobin of woolly mammoth - a blood protein that may explain how the animals coped with the cold of an ice age. It is the first time that proteins from a long-dead organism have been recreated in a living cell.
Source: Yahoo! News
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