Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Real Life Jurrasic Park?

It will be so cool if they can pull off this idea. They think they can clone a wooly mammoth if they can find a viable frozen one to extract DNA from. I'd love to see that. Even better, I'd love to see them clone a real dinosaur.

Hat tip to Radley Balko for the story.

6 Comments:

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Stephen said...

Since I narrowly chose anthropology as a major over paleontology, I've known about the Japanese Pleistocene Park idea for several years. In fact in one of my blogs years back I suggested we Californians do the same thing and restore our native mammoth population that used to forage on all those hundreds of thousands of oak trees that since the elephants have gone, have no natural browsers which may contribute to disease vectors. Our Californian mammoths, "Imperial" or Columbian mammoths, were the biggest ones around, bigger than the woolly mammoths. We had a huge Pleistocene animal population before humans arrived from Asia and killed them off as they did all the large Pleistocene animals leaving only the smaller ones. The so-called "Clovis" culture circa 12,000 BC which developed the finely chiseled and very sharp arrowheads and spear points that could penetrate the tough mammoth hides did the job that continued throughout human history, destroying large animals wherever humans wanted to live.

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous skippy said...

Nice read, Fred. Just reading last night about a fresh, juvenile mammoth recently exposed in the Siberian permafrost due to warming trends after 40,000 years; apparently Siberia has many mammoths in the area-- they're not uncommon. Surely a DNA speciman could be found?

I say, let's give it a try. Let's do it!

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aren't we already close enough to killing off the last of our Elephants? now you want to shove a genetic experiment up ones vagina?

 
At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of you interested in this kind of stuff should google "Rancholabrean Hypothesis" It is one of the most mystical spots on the northcoast.

 
At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they taste better than Nebraska Corn-fed Beef? Those are mammoth dinosaur-like critters...

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger charles said...

I always wanted to see a saber tooth tiger.

 

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