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Bringing back the mammoth

Posted on Thursday, 17 August, 2006 | Comment icon 31 comments

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"Bodies of extinct Ice Age mammals, such as woolly mammoths, that have been frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may contain viable sperm that could be used to bring them back from the dead, scientists said yesterday."

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Comment icon #22 Posted by crawler2000 on 17 August, 2006, 23:09
i want the mammoths to come back yeah but then wouldent that mess up the ecosystem that nature has laid out already.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Raptor X7 on 17 August, 2006, 23:20
If mammoths were revived, they'd have very little environmental impact at all. As adults these late-occuring mammoths stood between about 3 and 3.7 meters (10-12 feet) at the shoulder and weighed between 5500 and 7300 kilograms (6-8 tons). Source Male [African] elephants usually weigh about 16,500 lbs/7,425 kgs and are about 20 ft/6.1m long. Source Mammoths were comparable in size to the largest living elephant, the Savannah Elephant, an African subspecies, which weighs 4 to 7 tons and is 3 to 4 metres tall at the shoulder. Source Mammoths: 7000kg~ Elephants: 7000kg~ They're a lot smaller than... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Wingman on 18 August, 2006, 1:02
If mammoths were revived, they'd have very little environmental impact at all. Mammoths: 7000kg~ Elephants: 7000kg~ They're a lot smaller than most people seem to think, and not forgetting that these will be hybrids, not real mammoths (mamphants?). Not to mention hybrids usually can't reproduce, so we wouldn't be able to re-introduce them to the wild in the first place, it'd just be one generation of 'mamphants' which are doomed to extinction.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Gamgee on 18 August, 2006, 1:28
but that doesn't change the fact that it is wrong to, as much as i hate the term, play god. Since when was it Fact that 'playing God' is wrong? It's actually just opinionated on who believes we should or not. I'm quite sure there is no right or wrong answer. If 'God' gave us this ability, why not make use of it? No other animal has a brain like ours, that's why so many people think Humans are going wrong. We should use what we have.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Gamgee on 18 August, 2006, 1:30
maybe they should bring back sabre cats to keep the mammoth in check. ...Maybe that will help with Human over-population too
Comment icon #27 Posted by Cryptoman on 18 August, 2006, 7:37
I'm excited about the idea of bringing an extinct animal to life. But there's another side of me that says this is not right. Sure it shall provide us information, but if the animal died of natural causes, then let it be dead. We would try to save the species on the verge of extinction instead of trying to bring back a species that's already dead. Plus if we put them in zoos, what if it turns out like Jurassic Park. Sure it was just a movie, but Ian Malcom is right. Life will find a way. Plus it wouldn't be a true mammoth, it would be a hybrid of elephant and mammoth. It would take many genera... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by SasquatchKing on 18 August, 2006, 8:12
I don't agree with the idea of bringing back an extinct species in any way. Especially for human amusement such as zoos. As much as i love science, it should leave some things alone. Yes, it would be amazing to see one, even a half elephant breed, but that doesn't change the fact that it is wrong to, as much as i hate the term, play god. Mammoths had their time on earth, and nature selected them for extinction. End of story. *shrugs* I'm not putting my point across as clearly as i would have liked, but there it is. Humans are a part of nature you know, so by us bringing them back would be noth... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Saint on 18 August, 2006, 8:28
I would like to see it done in order to marvel at seeing a live mammoth before me but at the end of the day I must agree with Burnside, let them be.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Maya23H on 18 August, 2006, 9:39
i'm wondering... after ppl get bored just to watch this mammoth?? how the scientist wants to do with this mammoth?? so, waste money on such things why not build something more useful for the humans?
Comment icon #31 Posted by Spirit_Wolf on 18 August, 2006, 19:47
I think creating this mammoth may be a good idea. Because will be able to study what may have caused it to go extinct in the first place. And many other things, I am to lazy to mention right now.

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