(ORDO NEWS) — Geneticists are going to resurrect a woolly mammoth that became extinct centuries ago. To do this, they plan to use the animal’s genome to cross it with the DNA of modern elephants living in Asia. Thus, they will get a kind of hybrid.
Colossal added that completely new technologies will be used during the crossing process. Experts believe that if they restore some of the lost ecosystems, it will help slow down or stop the process of climate change. This is reported by Science Alert.
Ben Lamm added that similar technologies can be applied in the future in order to preserve those species of animals that are on the verge of extinction. Also, such actions will be aimed at returning the Earth to a relatively healthy state.
Woolly mammoths lived when the last ice age began on the planet. They were able to get along with the first people who constantly hunted herbivores. Those mammoths that became victims were used as a good source of meat, and the first tools of labor were made from tusks.
Woolly mammoths became extinct about 4,000 years ago when the climate became warmer. In addition, the extinction of the species was also influenced by people who, over time, began to massively hunt animals.
Woolly mammoths were almost the same size as African elephants, but did not have as large ears as modern individuals. Perhaps the reason for this is adaptation to colder climates.
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