The Woolly Mammoth: Will He Walk This Earth Again?

Approximately 10,000 years ago the Woolly Mammoth became extinct. His footprints left this earth for good. Or did it? Is it possible that the Woolly Mammoth will make his appearance on this earth once again?

The possibility of the Woolly Mammoth roaming the earth once more is very real thanks to science. This is made possible due to DNA. Where did science get the intact DNA required to even assume the possibility of resurrecting the Wholly Mammoth? It was due to nature that made the possibility of resurrecting this massive animal possible. Come with me on a journey that takes you from the extinction of the Woolly Mammoth to the present day hope of resurrecting the past.

Ten thousand years ago our planet went through an ice age. It is thought that the Woolly Mammoth along with other species such as the sabre tooth tiger, giant ground sloths and woolly rhinos went extinct by not being able to adapt to the conditions that the Ice Age brought to our world. Mammoths are thought to have roamed this planet for two million years up to ten thousand years ago when they went extinct.

It took a series of events of nature to even think of the possibility of bringing this animal back and will take a fair amount of time in the future to make it a reality. A Woolly Mammoth was found in the permafrost of Siberia. Nature has preserved the carcass well as almost all of the Woolly Mammoths body was intact. The remains of this animal are being kept in freezers in a Russian research lab. Unlike other  animals that became fossilized  the mammoth that was found was so well preserved by the frost and ice the animal still had hair, muscle and skin and genitals which gives scientist all they need to extract the DNA.

Meanwhile Japan Kinki University hope to retrieve the sperm cells of this mammoth and implant it into the cells of today’s African or Indian elephants. The eggs will be taken from elephants that have died. Japan zoos are asking for egg donations from these elephants. Once this is done the embryo will be implanted in the elephant’s womb. Elephants are the closest relative of the Woolly Mammoth that still lives on our planet.

Scientist lay out a plan of how this would work. After extracting the DNA from the sperm of the mammoth and joining it with the egg of the elephant they would implant the egg into the modern day elephant it would take approximately 600 days before the baby is born. This baby should be a replica of the Woolly Mammoth that once roamed this earth. The baby mammoth would not have any of the mothers genes when it is born as the elephant would only be the surrogate mother.

This experiment will take five years in the making. It will take as long as two years to even get the embryo ready for implantation. Joining Japan in this project will be Russia and the United States. Of course, these very scientists are pondering how to present this Woolly Mammoth to the world if everything falls into place as planned. They are already wondering if the Woolly Mammoth will be put on display to the public.

It is an awesome thought to think there is a possibility of raising this Woolly Mammoth from the grave. It has already been done with mice that had been frozen for 16 years, so this is not as far-fetched as it seems it could become a reality sooner than we think. It may be a stretch for the human imagination but a very exciting one that just might become a reality.

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32 Responses to “The Woolly Mammoth: Will He Walk This Earth Again?”
  1. mtrguanlao Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 11:26 am

    This reminds me of my daughter’s favorite animated movie,Ice Age,thanks for sharing this!

  2. UncleSammy Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Nice Share

  3. Black Kush Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Interesting read…lets see what the future holds

  4. pocketsofchange Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Although I find this information interesting, the thought of huge animals like this roaming the earth again is a bit scary. If science takes it too far, could we one day find ourselves face to face with a t-rex? Anyway, good article with a lot of detailed information. I read some of it to my kids and they really enjoyed it.

  5. Stable Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Really interesting and well written article Betty. Part of me is excited by the prospect of bring back woolly mammoths but, like Pockets above, a part of me is also a little concerned. Fascinating stuff

  6. Kate Smedley Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    How fascinating and what a great article too Betty – I’m all for scientific advances but it does sound a little scary.

  7. s j tubrazy Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Well written

  8. Dan Mcglynn Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Very well written article – Ignore that ignorant comment, you know as well as I do that there are just too many pig headed people in this world, Ignore them and just enjoy the good feedback you get :)

  9. SuccessToday Says...

    On January 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Very interesting article, I enjoyed it.

  10. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Hi Betty! I think you can delete that comment. Just go to your comments tab and scroll until you find the offensive comment and hit the X button. :-)

    About the mammoth, it’s interesting and highly possible in today’s modern science, but there’s also a bit of fear inside me at this prospect. Oh I was just thinking about Jurassic Park. Things got out of control. Maybe, they are extinct for a good reason. :-)

  11. lonelyplanet Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 5:37 am

    A very nice post about mammoth.

  12. UncleSammy Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

    This is done well,Nice share , see you around

  13. alexgadd Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Like the article, well researched and thought out. I think it will be a very interesting day when science can resurrect the wolly mammoth. Yet the poor thing I fear will just end up on public display.
    Yet once the mammoth is done, do we pursue further with the sabre tooth tiger, megaloden (prehistoric great white shark).
    Where does one draw the line.
    Good article!!

  14. Betty Carew Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Thanks Brewed Coffee I will do just that. I think if this is possible the outcome would be very guarded. I find the possibily very exciting although it may never come to pass.

    Alexgadd. I don’t think the same thing will happen with sabre tooth tigers and the rest. There are many ifs to make the Woolly Mammoth happen. The only reason there is a chance for the Woolly Mammoth is because it was found with almost the whole carcass in tact due to it being frozen and well preserved. Time will tell I guess.

  15. Ryan Bataille Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 9:02 am

    The possibilities science offers are almost scary. It would be cool to see a Mammoth again, but it might open the door for stranger resurrections.

  16. Freethinking Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

    They did a segment on Good Morning America today about this very topic. Wow!

  17. papaleng Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    This is the best one I’ve read from you. You really have presented a very interesting topic. Even as a high school student, I am fascinated about this animal. And I’ve read from Science magazines that there are preserved Whollys, It would be the discovery of the century if these animals will once more roam the Earth.

  18. JohnReinhart Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Very well done. It’s kind of scary to think that science might be able to resurrect ancient animals – where do they fit in today’s food chain? Fortunately there is zero chance of the thing breeding on its own, as there is so far just the Russian fellow. That’s a small comfort, I’m afraid.
    A little technical note: the folks at the George Page Museum in Los Angeles now refer to them scientifically as Saber Tooth Cats – the lineage with modern tigers has finally been eliminated.
    About that bad comment: the comment is gone, but the complaints about it remain. Most odd – the commenter’s effects are lasting longer than his words.

  19. Armestead Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Great post. I think i’ve seen a documentary about this on the national geographic channel. can’t wait to see the out come. I bet that a ride on a woolly mammoth would cost about $1,000.

  20. Tulan Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    A remarkable feat it it works.

  21. rutherfranc Says...

    On January 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm


  22. magicdarts Says...

    On January 21, 2011 at 5:57 am

    amazing the possibilities – if global warming continues it’d be hard work for these furry funsters!!

  23. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On January 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Wow, will wonders ever cease? i hope not.

  24. clay hurtubise Says...

    On January 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

    While I’m all for it, it seems odd to me that so much energy is put into that project, while we have current species dying.
    Good post.

  25. Julie McMurchie Says...

    On January 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Well written article. I read about this in the news and was fascinated. We’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

  26. ella Says...

    On January 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I love it:) I’m learning this in school

  27. iloverats1 Says...

    On January 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I love this so cool

  28. M J katz Says...

    On January 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I’ve always loved reading anything about the Wooly Mammoth. This was an excellent article!
    But I can’t help wondering…if they use the sperm from the Mammoth and insert this into the egg of a present day elephant, wouldn’t the result be 50% mammoth and 50% elephant since, genetically, you need an fertilized egg in order to create an offspring…and that means genetic material from both sides has to be involved?
    And if the baby took after ‘daddy’, could a present day elephant carry this to full term without the baby getting so big as to be life-threatening to ‘mom”?
    Lots of questions on such a fascinating topic! :)

    And thanks to William P. Turner, above, for letting us know that it’s now “Saber Tooth Cats”, not “Tigers”. I didn’t know this! But now I may understand a little better why Noodleman gets so arrogant at times! Lol!

  29. belowXsurface Says...

    On January 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    those guys i yapan are getting far in technologi lol.

  30. nocrej Says...

    On January 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing! =)

  31. Cinders Says...

    On January 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Betty I really enjoyed this article. The prospect of bringing an extinct creature back to life is phenomenal but also alarming. Scientific progress shouldn’t be hindered but it definitely needs to be closely monitored.

  32. pankti shah Says...

    On July 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    itzz jst so awesm………….i lyk to knw abt the xtnct animals……..hope e comes back again………….it depends on the future possibilitiess…………..

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