Wooly Mammoth Blood Found in Siberia

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Wooly Mammoth Blood Found in Siberia

Blood and tissue samples could be used to return wooly mammoths from extinction.

Scientists working in Siberia claim to have found preserved blood and muscle tissue from a Siberian wooly mammoth in the ice. The blood drained from the animal where it then froze into an ice cavity and was preserved -when paleontologists broke the cavity blood flowed out. The team that made the find has a partnership with a team of South Korean scientists who are actively seeking to clone mammoths - if there is any viable DNA in the new samples; it is now a certainty that those scientists will make an attempt to return the mammoth to life. The mammoth's tissue was remarkably well preserved, and according to researchers looked like red, raw meat. The researchers believe that the blood could still flow after being in frozen conditions for so long because mammoth blood must contain some natural antifreeze agent.

"We were really surprised to find mammoth blood and muscle tissue," researcher Semyon Grigoriev told the Siberian Times, "It is the first time we managed to obtain mammoth blood. No-one has ever seen before how the mammoth's blood flows. The approximate age of this animal is about 10,000 years old. It has been preserved thanks to the special conditions, due to the fact that it did not defrost and then freeze again." On the subject of how the mammoth came to be so well preserved, Semyon said that "We suppose that the mammoth fell into water or got bogged down in a swamp, could not free herself and died. Due to this fact the lower part of the body, including the lower jaw, and tongue tissue, was preserved very well. The upper torso and two legs, which were in the soil, were gnawed by prehistoric and modern predators and almost did not survive."

The researchers are calling this find "the best preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology."

Source & Image: Siberian Times, Semyon Grigoriev

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Oh please dear lord let this happen....

Consequence to the environment and food chains be damned we need us some GIANT FURRY ELEPHANTS!

I know they're in partnership with South Korean scientists and not Northern ones, but I instantly got an image in my head of Kim Jong Un riding a wooly mammoth. Equal parts hilarious and terrifying.

Before they start cloning, somebody make sure Wayne Knight is still at the bottom of his pit.

QUICK!!! Someone get the frog DNA!!!

Seeing as half or so of it was eaten/rotted away, couldn't one argue that it isn't "the best preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology."?

Yeah, I know they say that because of the blood, but you know what I mean.

It's dead, Jim.

Seariously, I look at that mass of frozen.. something, and it just does not scream Mammoth at me. More like the rock-boring creature from that one Original Star Trek episode.

..

Please don't clone that. Sounds scary.

Stormtyrant:
I know they're in partnership with South Korean scientists and not Northern ones, but I instantly got an image in my head of Kim Jong Un riding a wooly mammoth. Equal parts hilarious and terrifying.

Time to clone them and concur the world.

Or just make a lot of billiard balls.

If it bleeds, we can clone it...
CLONING TIME!!!!

when it comes to extinct species...my curiosity just screams for cloning lol...
I've learned nothing from Jurassic Park :p

Cloning mammoths would be awesome!
Imagine that 50 years from now there might even be wild ones living in Canada or Scandinavia...

I have one thing to say: Mammothburgers.

It'll take a couple of generations to get a population going, but once they become economically viable, shut up and take my money.

It's only a matter of time before someone makes a theme park with mammoths in it, and they kill everyone. Pliocene Park... I can see it now. Glorious.

This can only lead to good things like... MAMMOTH BACON! I can see it now. Prime Norwegian mammoths raised overlooking the majestic fjords by beautiful viking maidens. No mammoth cheese though, we don't want to attract giants.

SkarKrow:
Oh please dear lord let this happen....

Consequence to the environment and food chains be damned we need us some GIANT FURRY ELEPHANTS!

Dude, we talked about how cool Owls would be as pets, I think having a Mammoth as a pet would kick some serious ass!

OT: Best preserved Mammoth in history? Wasn't there that story that found a completely frozen baby Mammoth that was so perfectly preserved that it still had what it ate that day in its stomach?

I remember hearing about that but I could be wrong...

IF they actually manage to clone one..... Then i got only one thing to say.......

Armored Mammoth Tanks!

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looks like someone beat me to it......

but still think of the awesomeness of a mammoth picking up a car and chucking it at tanks.

As long as they not as easily scared as elephants.

TizzytheTormentor:

OT: Best preserved Mammoth in history? Wasn't there that story that found a completely frozen baby Mammoth that was so perfectly preserved that it still had what it ate that day in its stomach?

I remember hearing about that but I could be wrong...

I believe you are referring to this.

OT: While we're on the subject of cloning giant war elephants, I'll take the LOTR ones myself.
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Technically that would require a lot of tinkering in the labs, but that'd still be awesome. Just keep them away from any elves.

Please clone it. I need this in my life.

Where are you going to put them, Antarctica? Lot's of flat Penguins.

BeeGeenie:
I have one thing to say: Mammothburgers.

It'll take a couple of generations to get a population going, but once they become economically viable, shut up and take my money.

Why wait? Let's cook up some ancient mammoth steak!

I'm telling you guys, genetically engineered food is the way to go. Mammoth-steak! You can freeze the stuff and it'll last THOUSANDS of years!

MrHide-Patten:
Where are you going to put them, Antarctica? Lot's of flat Penguins.

Course not. We're going to dump them in Greenland.

They are grazers after all. Though personally I would prefer they not clone them. I mean imagine if it turns out mammoths were actually really pathetic? It would ruin the fantasy of mammoth tanks.

Now all we need are some Giants and we can make Skyrim a reality!

And while you're at it, clone the West African Black Rhino too.

Kate Walker would be so proud right now...

...anyone? No? -sigh- Noone plays adventure games anymore.

Either way, take THAT, nature! We're gonna bring back an extinct species.

These are the best news I've heard all week, please bring the Mammoths back to life, it sounds so awesome, cloned Mammoths roaming the streets... I mean wherever they put them which is definitely not the streets.

1337mokro:

MrHide-Patten:
Where are you going to put them, Antarctica? Lot's of flat Penguins.

Course not. We're going to dump them in Greenland.

They are grazers after all. Though personally I would prefer they not clone them. I mean imagine if it turns out mammoths were actually really pathetic? It would ruin the fantasy of mammoth tanks.

And what if they don't talk and sound like Ray Romano!

Sewa_Yunga:

BeeGeenie:
I have one thing to say: Mammothburgers.

It'll take a couple of generations to get a population going, but once they become economically viable, shut up and take my money.

Why wait? Let's cook up some ancient mammoth steak!

I shit you not, I have a cookbook in my house right now that has a recipe for serving mammoth steak and some vegetable side dish that doesn't matter. No, I don't know how they thought I'd get a mammoth carcass but it's there and that the guy who wrote the recipe did it.

This is cool no matter what anyone says, should a dissenting opinion exist.

Science, for the love of god, science!

TizzytheTormentor:

SkarKrow:
Oh please dear lord let this happen....

Consequence to the environment and food chains be damned we need us some GIANT FURRY ELEPHANTS!

Dude, we talked about how cool Owls would be as pets, I think having a Mammoth as a pet would kick some serious ass!

OT: Best preserved Mammoth in history? Wasn't there that story that found a completely frozen baby Mammoth that was so perfectly preserved that it still had what it ate that day in its stomach?

I remember hearing about that but I could be wrong...

I recall something like that too and it would kick immeasurable amounts of ass to just be able to ride everywhere on your own personal mammoth!

The key word here is wooly. this means we can stop abusing sheep and isntead make wool out of mammoths. this is all kinds of awesome.

Ok, if you can clone a Wooly Mammoth, is it possible to engineer a pygmy wooly mammoth? One about the size of a German Shepherd perhaps? Tell me you wouldn't love to have a itty bitty mammoth hanging around your house!

DVS BSTrD:
Before they start cloning, somebody make sure Wayne Knight is still at the bottom of his pit.

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NEWMAN!

I hope they clone one. If we keep insisting on keeping the worthless pandas around, the least we could do is bring back a fuzzy elephant.

TizzytheTormentor:

OT: Best preserved Mammoth in history? Wasn't there that story that found a completely frozen baby Mammoth that was so perfectly preserved that it still had what it ate that day in its stomach?

I remember hearing about that but I could be wrong...

So, yes, they found a tiny frozen mammoth once. They're calling "best preserved in history ever" on this one because it has real meat and blood on it - because this one has never partially thawed like others have. They found it on an island out in the pacific/arctic near Yakutsk where the temperature is pretty well constantly below -10 Celsius.

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