We're still not holding our breath for ubiquitous hoverboards or flying cars, but we could soon see a breathing woolly mammoth. Plus, seven other crazy things that sound impossible today.
Ice Age paleontologist recorded the maximum geographic distribution of the woolly mammoth during the last Ice Age and published the most accurate global map in this regard. The ice-age pachyderms populated a total area of 33,301,000 square kilometers and may thus be called the most successful large mammals of this era. Show More Summary
Last month, we got a glimpse at some fancy, $250 dice made out of the 10,000-year-old tusks of woolly mammoths. If you wanted to be the big shot at your next game night and splurged […]
Who knew dice made from the tusks of a giant extinct beast could be so popular? Artisan Dice, that's who. And you can reserve yours now.
The fear of dying by animal attack is as old as woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. This fear resurfaces (and rightly so) when we square off against contemporary animal predators. When dealing with modern predators, there’s a lot...Show More Summary
Scientists claim their research settles a prolonged debate over whether mankind or climate change was the dominant cause of the demise of massive creatures in the time of the sabretooth tiger, the woolly mammoth, the woolly rhino and the giant armadillo.
Tycho: When I was a child, my mother told me that woolly mammoths weren’t real, and that the devil - or God, I can’t remember - had placed tusks and dinosaur bones or whatever to test the faithful. So now that people are making dice from these things, I don’t know if my mom was wrong, or if Satan is just very committed to the joke. Show More Summary
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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