Tags: mammoth | dna | cloning

Mammoth Find Spurs Cloning Hopes

Image: Mammoth Find Spurs Cloning Hopes

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 03:43 PM

By Greg Richter

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The chances of you seeing a live woolly mammoth have greatly increased as Russian scientists have found liquid blood inside the carcass of one of the creatures.

The mammoth is thought to have died at about the age of 60 -- between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago, Phys.org reports.

It was the first time a female that old has been found, but even more surprising was the fact it contained blood and muscle tissue.

"When we broke the ice beneath her stomach, the blood flowed out from there. It was very dark," said Semyon Grigoryev, who headed the expedition. The prehistoric animal was found on an island in the Arctic Ocean earlier this month.

"This is the most astonishing case in my entire life," Grigoryev said. "How was it possible for it to remain in liquid form? And the muscle tissue is also red, the color of fresh meat."

The bottom of the carcass was so well-preserved because it had fallen into water that later froze. The head and back appeared to have been eaten by predators, while the hind part was nothing but skeleton.

"This find gives us a really good chance of finding live cells which can help us implement this project to clone a mammoth," Grigoryev said.

Woolly mammoths, so named because of the long hair that covered their bodies, were related to elephants and became extinct 10,000 years ago. Finds of their carcasses in cold far-northern climates have become more frequent as global temperatures have risen.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Methane on Mars Spikes Frequently, but Source Unknown

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 13:54 PM

Methane, a gas that on Earth comes mainly from living organisms, spikes regularly on Mars but scientists have not been a . . .

Humanoid Robot Flies Across Atlantic, in Economy Style

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 08:09 AM

A humanoid-looking robot named Athena that scientists hope will one day be useful in aiding at disaster sites, like the  . . .

NASA Builds $349M Tower, Then Promptly Mothballs It

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 07:28 AM

A massive $349 million NASA tower completed in June has been "mothballed" in Gulfport, Mississippi, without ever being u . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved