The Most Preserved Mammoth in the History of Paleontology
By: Suzanne Ostrander
In May of 2013, the most preserved wooly mammoth in the history of paleontology was discovered in Siberia. Frozen in a tomb of ice for thousands of years, this mammoth still had hair on his body! Since the discovery, Tokyo researchers have been conducting extensive research on the extinct creature to shed light on its cause of death. Further study on the mammoth led scientists to infer that the creature perished over 39,000 years ago, by getting stuck in a swamp.
Upon further examination of this captivating animal, Japanese researchers are investigating the possibility of repopulating the earth with these creatures. Due to the impeccable condition of the discovered body, blood and muscle tissue were collected from the mammoth. Since the mammoth was a female, professionals are discussing the plausibility of implanting its egg into a live elephant for a 22 month pregnancy.
After reading about this plan, my first thought was that it reminded me of the 1993 box office hit”Jurrasic Park”. If we recall the plot, paleontologists scientifically manipulated a way of preserving the existence of long extinct dinosaurs, including the majestic brontosaurus and the intriguing yet terrifying T-Rex. As many of us suspected, the achievement was far from foolproof and became disastrous to all visitors of the park. Still, I will never forget the rush I felt when I saw that glass of water ominously ripple, as the newly preserved and fully alive T-Rex approached that tiny touring car!
In light of the future plans for the recently uncovered wooly mammoth, I began to mentally calculate the pros and cons of such a pursuit. There are some things that, though possible through scientific effort, may not be the best solution for mankind. Of course, as a science nerd, I will not deny that the attempt is nothing short of fascinating.
Is it right though?
Did God have a plan and a reason for allowing these creatures to become extinct thousands of years ago? If we do this, then what next?
Again, this is not a complete endorsement nor is it a rebuttal of the idea. I am writing this to initiate a friendly discussion on the matter. I would love to hear your thoughts on this!! Regardless of what happens, I think we can all agree that it is breathtaking to view such an ancient being almost 40,000 years following its extinction.
So, that’s the question I leave with you all. Is extinction where these creatures should stay, or should we see where science can take us?
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Till next time,
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