Mammoths alive in Pleistocene park?

This video says about itself:

A baby mammoth which died 37000 years ago could unlock the genetic map of some extinct animals.

From LiveScience:

Extinct Mammoths Could Be Cloned

By Robert Roy Britt, LiveScience Managing Editor

posted: 04 November 2008

Japanese scientists cloned mice that had been frozen 16 years and whose cells had burst, according to Reuters. Since the mice were not particularly well preserved, the researchers say their nuclear transfer techniques “could be used to ‘resurrect’ animals” such as mammoths.

Researchers have been aiming for this breakthrough for years. Parallel efforts in recent years have led to decoding the genetics of the extinct cave bear and a partial decoding of the mammoth genome. “Our discovery means that recreating extinct hybrid animals is theoretically possible,” researchers said when that breakthrough came in 2005.

In northern Siberia, researchers are attempting to create Pleistocene Park by restoring a large area of wetlands and forest to the dry landscape that existed more than 10,000 years ago. They are re-introducing herbivores and predators they think will alter the biology and ecology of the region to its previous state.

How far back might resurrection go? Nobody is expecting T. rex to roam the planet again, but tissue from the beast has been recovered.

Scientists Sequence Woolly-Mammoth Genome: here. And here. And here.

Can we bring back the woolly mammoth? It isn’t as outlandish as you might think: here.

A 90-year-old Japanese scientist thinks he can resurrect a woolly mammoth.

Russians make new bid to clone woolly mammoth: here.

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  5. Ice Age Giants

    by Sarah Ensor

    The enormous mammals that thrived in the last ice age, which began 80,000 years ago, are entertainingly explored in this three-part documentary series.

    It uses some fun CGI effects and explains the science of the climate, the animals and the first modern humans who used them to survive.

    It is also full of experts who clearly love their job.

    It begins in the area around California 40,000 years ago.

    Presenter professor Alice Roberts goes to Los Angeles, “a portal to a lost world”. Once it was the territory of smilodons—popularly known as sabre-tooth tigers.

    We know about them because many bones and even whole skeletons have been found in tarpits and fields. Astonishingly dung heaps preserved in the dry air have also been found in caves.

    One mystery is how smilodons used their sabre teeth. They were so long and thin that they could snap when stuck in the sinews of a struggling animal.

    They shared the land with ground sloths the size of grizzly bears with seven inch claws and glyptodons, armadillos the size of a small car.

    As the ice sheets spread they pushed warm winds south and the land exploded with life.

    For many of the huge mammals that lived in the south food was so plentiful they wouldn’t necessarily have died out if not for humans and their tools.

    Another episode looks at the people who survived the climate in the north 20,000 years ago. They used mammoths and woolly rhinoceros as food, fuel and even to build the first ever houses.
    Ice Age Giants, BBC Two, Sunday 19 May, 8pm


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