World’s Leading Geneticists Aim to Resurrect Woolly Mammoth

The last woolly mammoth to walk the Earth perished nearly 4000 years ago on Wrangel Island, a desolate and remote island off the coast of Russia in the Arctic ocean.


It was a member of a small, isolated community of mammoths that was the last vestige of a once-thriving species that could be found roaming the plains of the northern hemisphere from Alaska to Siberia. Scientists still debate what caused the mammoths to finally go extinct, but the general consensus is that it was a combination of human hunting, genetic defects from inbreeding, and natural climate change, which shrank suitable mammoth habitat by a factor of ten.

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