Japanese researchers plan to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using cloning technology to bring the ancient pachyderm back to life in around five years time, according to a report.
The researchers will try to revive the species by obtaining tissue from the carcass of a mammoth preserved in a Russian research laboratory, says Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.
“Preparations to realise this goal have been made,” Akira Iritani, leader of the team and a professor emeritus of Kyoto University, told the daily.
The Woolly Mammoth
The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), also called the tundra mammoth, is an extinct species of mammoth. This animal is known from bones and frozen carcasses from northern North America and northern Eurasia with the best preserved carcasses in Siberia. They are perhaps the most well known species of mammoth.
This mammoth species was first recorded in (possibly 150,000 years old) deposits of the second last glaciation in Eurasia. It was derived from the steppe mammoth. It disappeared from most of its range at the end of the Pleistocene (10,000 years ago), with a dwarfed race still living on Wrangel Island until roughly 1700 BC.
Woolly mammoths are common in the fossil record. Unlike most other prehistoric animals, their remains are often not literally fossilised – that is, turned into stone – but rather are preserved in their organic state. This is due in part to the frozen climate of their habitats, and also to their massive size. Woolly mammoths are therefore among the best-understood prehistoric vertebrates known to science in terms of anatomy.
While large, woolly mammoths were impressive animals, they were, in fact, not noticeably taller than present-day African elephants, though they were heavier. Fully grown mammoth bulls reached heights between 2.8 m (9.2 ft) and 4.0 m (13.1 ft); the dwarf varieties reached between 1.8 m (5.9 ft) and 2.3 m (7.5 ft). They could weigh up to 8 tonnes (8.8 tons).
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So it seems to be a bit of a race really doesn’t it. By the ABC’s article Japan said around 5 years, and in the video you will hear America say around 10 years, the video was made in 2008, so both are very close to the same time frame. I really don’t know if I agree with this or not, I realize it’s a great leap forward for science, but should we bring back an animal that is extinct? Just because we can doesn’t really mean we should.