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Did Inbreeding Drive Woolly Mammoths To Extinction?
2014-03-26 09:19:04

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Much of what we know about the Mammoth may be challenged after new research from a Dutch team has found evidence that the massive mammal may have driven itself to extinction due to inbreeding. The evidence comes from an unusual feature found in some mammoth fossils taken from the North Sea. This unusual feature suggested to the research team, led by paleontologist Jelle Ruemer of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, the...

Woolly Mammoths And Other Megafauna Suffered From A Loss Of Plant Diversity
2014-02-06 09:29:49

[ Watch the Video: Diet Changes Killed Off Woolly Mammoths ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have put forth many theories on why woolly mammoths and other large animals went extinct around 10,000 years ago, from the devastating effects of a comet impact to overhunting by humans. A new DNA-based study published in the journal Nature has found that the flowering plants these “megafauna” depended on disappeared from northern Asia and North America...

Dolly The Sheep Creator Discusses Woolly Mammoth Clone
2013-07-31 14:09:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ian Wilmut, creator of Dolly the sheep, says that woolly mammoth stem cells may be the way to go in order to bring the ancient behemoths back to life. Wilmut, Emeritus Professor at the MRC Center for Regenerative Medicine at University of Edinburgh, wrote in The Conversation about his thoughts on how we could bring woolly mammoths back from extinction. The professor is best known for cloning Dolly, the first mammal to be cloned from an...

Well-Preserved Woolly Mammoth With Flowing Blood Discovered In Siberia
2013-05-29 14:17:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The dream of bringing woolly mammoths back to life has been a bit of a stretch. But a new discovery in Russia's Far East is providing the best chance of that becoming a reality yet. Russian scientists say they discovered a female Siberian woolly mammoth carcass with flowing blood, in below freezing temperatures in Siberia. While performing the excavation, the team broke ice cavities with a pick pole and blood came running out....

Climate Change Due To Meteorite Caused Extinction Of The Woolly Mammoth
2013-05-21 16:08:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We humans have often blamed ourselves for the extinction of the woolly mammoth, but a new study from a large team of international researchers has found evidence of a large meteorite breaking apart in the atmosphere about 13,000 years ago — around the time when the prehistoric pachyderms died out. By studying sediment layers from 18 archaeological sites around the world, the team found tiny spheres of carbon they say are telltale...

Bringing Extinct Animals Back To Life
2013-03-15 04:45:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The idea of bringing woolly mammoths and saber tooth cats back from the dead has been a popular one, and this concept of "de-extinction" is the focus National Geographic's cover for its April issue. Author Carl Zimmer wrote in April's National Geographic cover story about what scientists have done, and are doing to work on bringing some extinct species back from the dead. Species discussed in the feature focus on those that went...

Researcher Denies Seeking "Adventurous" Woman To Carry Neanderthal Baby
2013-01-23 12:08:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several media reports popped up around the web over the past day or two saying Harvard Medical School genetics expert George Church was looking for an adventurous woman who could carry and give birth to a Neanderthal baby. But as fast as the stories went up, Church was criticizing them for jumping the gun. He said in an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday that he and Harvard “have no projects, no plans, we have no...

Woolly Mammoth Discovered Near Paris, France
2012-11-07 15:02:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Sully didn't exactly have a French accent in the Ice Age movies, but the creators may want to rethink that with the latest archaeology find. Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a woolly mammoth northeast of Paris, according to the French National Institute for Preventative Archaeological Research (INRAP). The remains found at Changis-sur-Marne included a femur, a complete pelvis, jawbones and four connected...

Ancient Climate Change Made Hippos Smaller
2012-10-26 11:14:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you heard of giant hippopotamuses wandering along the banks of the Elbe in Germany lately? They are not a common sight today, that is for sure, but 1.8 million years ago, hippos were a prominent part of European wildlife along with other megafauna such as woolly mammoths and giant cave bears. A new study by paleontologists, published in the journal Boreas, claims that the changing climate during the Pleistocene may have forced...

Hair Plays Important Role In Keeping Elephants Cool
2012-10-11 19:23:21

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our ancestors and other species were pretty hairy. They had to be. Body hair on mammals has long been thought of as an evolutionary requirement for survival in cold climes that prehistoric man and the woolly mammoth inhabited. Even today, with the hair on top of your head, you are insulating your body trying to maintain that magic number: 98.6. Or are you? A new study suggests it may do the opposite. Well, where pachyderms are...