Our old friend climate change played a bigger part.
Over the past few years, advances in ancient DNA extraction have fueled a lot of debate over whether scientists can—or should—resurrect the woolly mammoth from extinction. Interestingly enough, these very same advances have simultaneously...Show More Summary
By Chris Turney and Alan Cooper | (The Conversation) | – – Imagine a world populated by woolly mammoths, giant sloths and car-sized armadillos – 50,000 years ago more than 150 types…
As we trudge into what scientists are calling the Holocene extinction, it is difficult to ignore the destructive power that humans wield over the natural world. The passenger pigeon, the thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger), the Carolina parakeet; the list of by
Around 34,000 years ago, woolly mammoths went extinct from parts of Europe, only to be replaced by… woolly …
A new study suggests these giant prehistoric mammals were not taken down by human hunters alone
Evolution: The Island of Misfit MammothsAuthor:RocaSummary:The genomes of two woolly mammoths have been sequenced. One of the last survivors had reduced genetic diversity. Although divergent in their mitochondrial genomes, the mammoths had similar nuclear genomes, a finding germane to elephant conservation.
A study found the genetic adaptations which allowed woolly mammoths to endure severe Arctic conditions, raising the prospect that the animals could one day be resurrected.
Elephantid Genomes Reveal the Molecular Bases of Woolly Mammoth Adaptations to the ArcticAuthors:Lynch et alAbstract:Woolly mammoths and living elephants are characterized by major phenotypic differences that have allowed them to live in very different environments. Show More Summary
The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt Arctic life, including skin and hair development, insulin signaling, fat biology, and even traits such as small ears and short tails. A mammoth gene for temperature sensation was resurrected in the lab as a functional test.
No one has brought a woolly mammoth back from extinction, but a team of scientists has brought back a woolly mammoth gene, discovering that it and others unique to the long-vanished elephant-like beasts probably helped the animals withstand the harsh cold of the Arctic tundra.
With the science nearly upon us, a new book highlights the ethical and logistical issues of bringing back proxies of extinct animals such as the woolly mammoth
Flying Puffin, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 2.0 Around 4000 years ago, the last woolly mammoths disappeared from Earth. Those final survivors lived and died on Wrangel Island, off the coast of northeast Russia. Their mainland Siberian relatives had died out some 6000 years before that. Show More Summary
In this curious 1962 film clip from British Pathé, a man gets a custom beard and mustache wig from a London wigmaker. The film’s narrator makes much light of the retro fashion for beards in 1960s England. Given the woolly mammoths who roam the highs streets of America’s hippest cities, surely a remake is in […]
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Before the world's last woolly mammoth took its final breath, the iconic animals had already suffered from a considerable loss of genetic diversity. These findings, based on a comparison of the first complete genome sequences isolated...Show More Summary
The most complete genetic information assembled on woolly mammoths is providing insight into their demise, revealing that they suffered two population crashes before a final, severely inbred group succumbed on an Arctic Ocean island.Read full article >>
Scientists may be one step closer to bringing the woolly mammoth back to life. In a new study, an international team of researchers has sequenced the genomes of two Siberian woolly mammoths -- revealing the most complete genetic blueprint...Show More Summary
Scientists Sequence the Mammoth Genome, not Once but Twice A new study of the genomes of two Woolly Mammoths has been published in the scientific journal “Current Biology”. An international team of researchers have been able to sequence the complete genome of two of these iconic, ancient elephants. The researchers are not involved in experiments […]
Complete genomes reveal signatures of demographic and genetic declines in the woolly mammoth. 2015. Palkopoulou et al. Current Biology. Before the world's last woolly mammoth took its final breath, the iconic animals had already suffered from a considerable loss of genetic diversity. Show More Summary