One Step Closer to Reviving the Mammoth

Source: Wikipedia.com.

Source: Wikipedia.org.

The arctic climate of Siberia has possibly given science a chance to clone the long lost Mammoth. Researchers at North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk have discovered the remains of a very well preserved mammoth on an island off the coast of Siberia. The researchers estimate that the mammoth lived some 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. They believe that the animal may have been brought down by a natural predator due to evidence of gnawing on the upper torso and legs.

The specimen is so well preserved that while being exhumed, it was struck with an icepick and began to bleed. The blood was collected for analysis and is hoped to contain large strands of intact DNA for study and even cloning. If present, the DNA could replace the DNA in the egg of a modern elephant allowing the birth of a creature that has been extinct for 10,000 years or more. Some researchers even envision creating a wildlife sanctuary in Siberia for the cloned, extinct mammals in the future.

Read the full article and see the photos taken at the dig site on Live Science.

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