Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0705/Scientists-edge-closer-to-bringing-back-the-woolly-mammoth

I found this article particularly interesting because of the idea of bringing back a species that is extinct is such an exciting new possibility with modern technology. Pertaining to Wrangel island the article mentions that while most mammoths died off around 10,000 years ago, this  animal was preserved on Wrangel for another 7,300 years! If these Wrangel island woolly mammoths were around 3,700 years ago this means they were most likely still living there at the time period advanced civilizations such as ancient Egypt were flourishing. What this exemplifies is how the progression of time  is slowed down significantly on Wrangel Island, proving the point that stepping onto this island is comparable to stepping back thousands of years into time.

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5 Responses to Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth

  1. Angela says:

    Interesting concept… reminds me a little of Jurassic Park to be perfectly honest. It would definitely be interesting to see them walking around again, whether in the wild or in captivity. It would just be a shame to bring them back to solely do studies on them or to keep them in a cage. However, being able to see an alive mammoth would definitely make for Kodak moment.

  2. wcturgeon says:

    Fascinating article and yes, a bit Jurassic Park-ish! I love that the article mentions Wrangle Island since before this week, how many of us would have had a clue as to where or what that was? Should they do this? What did you think of their reasoning for manipulating the genes?

  3. Amanda says:

    I believe science has gone too far this time around. They shouldn’t be playing in Frankenstein’s laboratory trying to create life unnaturally. Think of the consequences of these actions. Do the pros outweigh the cons? Certainly not! Let’s hypothesize, shall we? Scientists successfully recreate life, now what? They’ll most likely be tortured and studied their entire lives. I don’t think messing with this fire in the name of science qualifies as moral. Even if they release them into the wild and observe from afar, they will upset the food chain, thus possibly endangering other species.

  4. Chris Ryder says:

    Interesting article. Personally I find the idea of brining the Woolly Mammoth back to life to be an exciting thought. However, I wonder what the potential effect it could have on an ecosystem would be. It could potentially be very harmful to the ecosystem it is released into as their would be no natural predator correct? Or would the scientists just keep the creature under lock and key? It is technically a living creature so would this be just to do?

  5. Yankee says:

    I don’t like the idea of humans playing with things they don’t understand. We think we understand, but we really don’t. It’s this arrogance that will get us into problems.

    Still, it’s a cool concept, just not one I want to be pursued at this time.

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