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The Last of the Siberian Unicorns: What Happened to the Mammoth-Sized One-Horned Beasts of Legend? SCIENCE 

The Last of the Siberian Unicorns: What Happened to the Mammoth-Sized One-Horned Beasts of Legend?

Elasmotherium, also known as the Giant Rhinoceros or the Giant Siberian Unicorn, is an extinct species of rhino that lived in the Eurasian area in the Late Pliocene and Pleistocene eras. They have been documented from 2.6 million years ago, but the most recent fossils come from around 29,000 years ago. The best known of this species, the E. sibiricum, was the size of a mammoth, covered in hair, and is thought to have had a large horn protruding from its forehead, hence the title “Siberian Unicorn”. According to early…

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Scientists Are On The Verge Of Bringing Back The Wooly Mammoth, But Should They? OTHER 

Scientists Are On The Verge Of Bringing Back The Wooly Mammoth, But Should They?

A team of Harvard scientists claim they could bring back the mighty beast in the form of a mammoth-elephant hybrid but their efforts raise some serious ethical questions. Should we do something just because we can? This question has undoubtedly crossed the mind of the scientists leading the woolly mammoth’s de-extinction effort. And since they’re promising the world a living, breathing mammoth hybrid in just two years’ time, their answer was yes, we should. Probably one of the best symbols of man-driven extinction, the woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) vanished from…

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Woolly Mammoth will be Back from Extinction Within Two Years, say Harvard scientists SCIENCE 

Woolly Mammoth will be Back from Extinction Within Two Years, say Harvard scientists

The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering. Speaking ahead of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston this week, the scientist leading the “de-extinction” effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant. “Our aim is to produce a…

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