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  1. Near-Complete Woolly Mammoth Skeleton Found Near Paris, Causing Visions of Cloning to Dance Through Our Heads

    Winter Is Coming

    French archaeologists have unearthed a near-complete woolly mammoth skeleton about 30 miles east of Paris along the Changis-sur-Marne riverbank. They named it Helmut. I smell an Ice Age spinoff coming on. The remains date back to between 200,000 and 500,000 years ago and were found near two flint axes, which indicates that poor Helmut had some contact, possibly of the deadly variety, with Neanderthals.

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  2. Science, Please Stop Promising Me Wooly Mammoth Clones

    You know nothing Jon Snow

    One of the more ironic effects of global warming is that it's giving us a better look at some creatures who lived during the last ice age. With the various new extremes of weather comes warmer temperatures in Siberia, and less permafrost. Where there's less permafrost, there's more exposed mammoth remains, released from their ten thousand year prison for paleontologists and mammoth hunters. This has lead to the discovery of immaculately preserved remains earlier this year, and most recently, an "international expedition in Russia's northeastern republic of Yakutia" says they've found "living cells" from a mammoth. Imma stop you right there, science.

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  3. World’s Oldest Musical Instrument is 40,000 Years Old

    Though you may think the oldest instrument known to man is the modified chiptunes Game Boy, Oxford University and University of Tübingen researchers have announced that, actually, a collection of flutes made from mammoth ivory and bird bones are actually the oldest known instruments, at about 40,000 years old.

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  4. Scientist Announces Intent to Recreate Jurassic Park With Mammoths

    Life finds a way, and sometimes that way is a curious and determined scientist.  Professor Akira Iritani is one such man. He says that the technological hurdles in the way of cloning a healthy mammoth have mostly been overcome.
    The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently but now stands at about 30 per cent. I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years.

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  5. Mammoths Survived Cold with “Antifreeze Blood”

    According to a study recently published in Nature Genetics, scientists may have just figured out one of the adaptations by which now-extinct mammoths survived extremely cold temperatures during the Ice Age: so-called "antifreeze blood." More specifically (BBC level of specificity): "a genetic adaptation allowing their haemoglobin to release oxygen into the body even at low temperatures." Even more specifically (Nature Genetics level of specificity): "We identify amino acid substitutions with large phenotypic effect on the chimeric β/δ-globin subunit of mammoth hemoglobin that provide a unique solution to this problem and thereby minimize energetically costly heat loss." Fun!

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  6. Uncommon Signs of Global Warming: Hunting Mammoths

    Hunting mammoths might not appear to be the most direct sign of global warming, but an article in the LA Times this week has convinced us.

    "Russian scientists disagree over whether global warming is responsible. Some say yes, others are skeptical. But nobody argues that the permafrost is dwindling," and as the Siberian permafrost disappears, it exposes the thousand year old remains of frozen mammoths, their bones and tusks ready for collection.

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