Could You See A Woolly Mammoth On Your Next Arctic Adventure?
Now, we know what everybody is thinking. The idea that you will actually be able to see these magnificent creatures within their natural habitat may be a bit far-fetched, but due to recent research, scientists are looking into new ways to combat the ever-growing issue of climate change. It seems that through all of our efforts, these 4000-year-old woolly giants may be our best bet.
A group of geneticists from Harvard have researched this thoroughly over last 20 years. By combining fossilized mammoth DNA with elephant DNA they are hoping to reproduce these colossal mammals. Even with all of the research that has been put into this project, there is no certainty that these hybrids will look similar to their ancestors. With only certain traits such as small ears, woolly coat and more blubber, they could end up looking just like a woolly elephant.
When Can You Expect To See Them?
With advancements in genetics every year, we are getting closer and closer to resurrecting this iconic creature and scientists are expected to have the first hybrid embryo within the next decade. But even after the first hybrid has been created, it may be many more years before we see them roaming the tundra.
Impact On Climate Change
In many of the Arctic regions, we are starting to see that permafrost can contain vast amounts of carbon that could drastically speed up the process of climate change. The mammoths will act as natural geo-engineers, eating all of the dead plant matter that will form underneath the tightly packed snow. Even as they walk around, they would be packing the snow together so that it can easily form ice.
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