Woolly Mammoth Brain Found—Best Specimen in History

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November 12, 2014 Updated: November 12, 2014

 

In 2010, a woolly mammoth was discovered near Russia. New research describes her brain as the best specimen in history

She is the most intact woolly mammoth ever found. It’s amazing, there are folds and membranes and blood vessels, all helping us better understand these long-extinct animals. 

What could this mean for cloning? Could scientists revive the woolly mammoth? Catie Wayne discusses what this could mean for the future of cloning.

One of the challenges is restoring mammoth DNA with elephant DNA. 

ALSO see: Woolly Mammoth Gave Birth to 9 Babies: Can She Have Another 28,000 Years Later?

Here are a couple more, interesting videos about woolly mammoths:

A mother and son in Alaska uncovered woolly mammoth tusks in the same river more than two decades apart.

Researchers at the Rotterdam Museum of Natural History and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden have found evidence that woolly mammoths became extinct due to a combination of inbreeding and climate change. Fossils of woolly mammoths from 12,000 ago that were found near the North Sea had extra cervical ribs which is an indication that the animals had a chromosome abnormality or cancer.

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