The marvel of technology allows Wooly Mammoths to come back to life.
The future is undoubtedly here when you hear and see some of the new technologies that are being used with things like virtual reality and smart phones it's an amazing time. But the whole thing may be getting out of control because now scientists are trying to bring back the woolly mammoth. Apparently, Harvard professor George Church who is being referred to as a maverick geneticist is leading a de-extinction team that says they are about two years away from creating a hybrid embryo that combines mammoth traits with that of Asian elephant DNA. Woolly mammoths went extinct around 4,000 years ago because of human hunting and warming temperatures. But in the last few years, Professor Church and his team have managed to splice 45 mammoth edits into the Asian elephant DNA, including some that control a mammoth's shaggy hair, its small ears, the fat layers, and more. And while Professor Church and his team believe they can have a mammophant embryo in two years, it will be a lot longer before anyone sees one in the wild. The team wants to first grow the mammophants completely in a lab so as not to mess with the reproduction of endangered Asian elephants, and that technology still doesn't exist quite yet.
But if this science team does succeed, Professor Church says it could do a lot more than gives zoos a cool new exhibit. The Professor says that releasing a herd of mammophants into the Arctic could fight climate change by keeping the northern tundra from thawing. The mammophants will punch down the snow in wintertime allowing cold air to come in. The woolly mammoth is a species of mammoth that lived during the Pleistocene epoch. The woolly mammoth was one of the last in a line of mammoth species, which began with Mammuthus subplanifrons in the early Pliocene. In East Asia, the woolly mammoth diverged from the steppe mammoth about 400,000 years ago. The woolly mammoths closest extant relative is the Asian elephant. Woolly mammoth skeletons, teeth, dung, stomach contents, and depiction of life in prehistoric cave paintings was also found. Wooly mammoth remains have long been known in Asia before they became known to the Europeans in the 17th century.
The origin of these woolly mammoth remains was debated for a long time and often explained as being the remains of legendary creatures. The woolly mammoth was identified as an extinct species of elephant by Georges Cuvier in 1796. The woolly mammoth was about the same size as modern African elephants. Woolly mammoths sustained themselves on a vegetarian diet of plant food, which includes mostly grass and sedges, which were also supplemented with herbaceous plants, shrubs, flowering plants, mosses, and tree matter. The composition and exact varieties of food differed from location to location. Woolly mammoths needed a varied diet to help support their growth, just like modern elephants. An adult mammoth of six tons would need to eat about 397 pounds of food daily, and may have foraged for food for as long as twenty hours every day.
The woolly mammoth coexisted with the early humans, who used the mammoths bones and tusks for making art, dwellings, and tools. The mammoth was also hunted for food. It most likely went extinct for several reasons from climate change, to shrinkage of its habitat, through hunting by humans, or a combination of the two. After the mammoth became extinct, humans still continued to use its ivory as a raw material, a tradition that still continues today. This is just one of the trending stories you will find on the USA Today site. On the site, you will also find news about famous people, sports, money, news, new celebrity news, life and so much more. **
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