Friday, August 19, 2011

Baby Woolly Mammoth Discovered!

Here's some exciting news coming out of the arctic.  Story reported by Greg Wilson at NBC New York. I have an interesting write coming up in October about bringing previously extinct species back from the dead.  It's an ongoing investigation with today's report adding one additional element that will come into question several months/years down the road.

"A man herding reindeer in Russia's Arctic found the perfectly-preserved, 40,000-year-old body of a baby woolly mammoth. The creature's carcass was sticking up out of the permafrost, local officials said. The discovery came in the same area a mammoth calf dubbed Lyuba was found four years ago, authorities told Reuters. They are sending out an expedition to examine the find and possibly recover it. "If it is true what is said about how it is preserved, this will be another sensation of global significance," expedition leader Natalia Fyodorova said in a statement on the Arctic Yamalo-Nenetsk region's website. Scientists hope to bring the remains to the regional capital Salekhard, where it would be stored in a cooler to prevent decomposition. Giant woolly mammoths have been extinct for at least 12,000 years. In the case of Lyuba, arctic ice kept the mammoth so well preserved that skin and organs were intact. She was named for the wife of the hunter who discovered her. Woolly mammoths grew to as much as 10 feet tall and eight tons. Some scientists believe it could be possible to bring the beast back from extinction is enough well-preserved genetic material can be taken from a preserved carcass. It is believed to be most directly related to the Asian elephant." Stay tuned for more on yet another report I found several months ago while doing some research.  It's quite fascinating. How will they do it?  In my opinion, I think scientists will start "grafting" the woolly mammoth genes on an Asian elephant.  My story about this will be coming up soon.   More on Panama tomorrow.  I'll be back in the desert starting September with reports from Tucson, the Presidio garden, and so much more.  Stay tuned and thanks for reading.   

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  1. It will be very interesting to see what comes of this!

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