Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This Is Probably Going to Be the First Woolly Mammoth That Gets Cloned

  

Who wants to see a 10,000 year-old Woolly Mammoth stomping around the modern world? Everyone, right? A team of Russian paleontologists and a controversial South Korean biologist are assuming as much, since they've been working to do exactly that for the past year. And now, the Russian scientists have discovered, for the first time, a mammoth carcass with perfectly preserved blood in a chunk of ice on a Siberian island in the Novosibirsk archipelago. 

The paleontologists, who hail from the Institute of Applied Ecology at Yakutsk, suspect the mammoth fell into a swamp and was trapped. There, it was attacked by scavengers, and was half-eaten—they found the trunk separated from the carcass. The blood that flowed out from its wounds froze in the water and was preserved for thousands of years there, until the scientists chiseled it out earlier this month.

The head of the Institute, Semyon Grigoriev, told the Siberian Times that they have discovered "the best preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology." 

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