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(io9)   Eleven-year-old boy discovers one of the most exquisitely preserved wooly mammoths ever. LET THE CLONING BEGIN   (io9.com) divider line 140
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2012-10-04 06:52:34 PM  
And either this year has been a good year for finding mammoth remains, or (possibly) this BBC article may be an earlier description of the mammoth find (another well-preserved mammoth, this one being a younger calf--and with some interesting evidence that it was brought down by Eurasian cave lions and then scavenged by humans).

The few news articles I can find from non-tabloid sources note this MAY actually be one of two well-preserved mammoths found this year, and per the Moscow Times this may be comparable to the hitherto best-preserved mammoth remains yet (of what got preserved--we'll note that in a sec).

RIA Novosti basically has noted that what seems to be going on is that only part of the mammoth is preserved--but what has been is exquisitely preserved (thus explaining the "500kg"/"half a ton" comment in the linked article) and is actually the most in-depth article I've found so far. Among other things, the first, erm, mammoth, erm, Naughty Bits seem to have been preserved (along with some hide, the fat hump, other flesh, an ear, a tusk, and a few bones)--we have half a ton left of mammoth, not a small mammoth that weighs half a ton. :D (Alas, they also confirm that like most other mammoth remains this old, there is enough decomposition that we can't get DNA out of it for cloning, much less mammoth steak.)

New Scientist also has a decent article and--so far--is the only non-Russian source with pics; most of the preservation is in the top and rear end of the mammoth, and it is pretty mummified.

Still, though, nifty in its own way, even if it doesn't mean we're closer to Babby Mammoths. :D

DAMN but now I'm waiting on the paleontology paper on this guy :D
 
2012-10-04 06:52:40 PM  

2wolves: Marcus Wall approves.

/somewhat obscure ever for Fark.


The people have long memories, Tavey.
 
2012-10-04 06:55:28 PM  

DeadMouseTails: Wooly mammoths are one of my favorite extinct animals. I would love it if this tours, like Sue did so many years ago. She was beautiful.


/fap?
 
2012-10-04 07:09:29 PM  

DeadMouseTails: Wooly mammoths are one of my favorite extinct animals. I would love it if this tours, like Sue did so many years ago. She was beautiful.


Yeah, I don't get why so many women decide to shave these days.
 
2012-10-04 07:11:19 PM  
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-04 07:18:08 PM  

Great Porn Dragon: LeGnome: ghare: The Jami Turman Fan Club: Seems like we have the DNA for it. I would think they could at least make a mammoth-elephant hybrid.

/More interested in saber-toothed tigers.
//And Awks

I'd like aurochs

Dodo bird or go home.

Actually, the one thing I hope that DOES get found in permafrost with an intact coat and organs isn't a mammoth--I'd love to hear of a Smilodon or a Homotherium or other machariodont cat found in permafrost with part of its coat intact.

No, it's not so I could have a Smilodon-fur vest, sillies; it'd give us a good idea of whether they were spotty-cats (the general prevailing theory, and most kitties trend towards this) or cats that might have been spotty as cubs/kittens but turned into Plain Cats as adults (similar to the colour patterns of pumas and lions). Even better if we could find a machairodont cat with a belly full of meat, because it might give an idea of how they hunted. :D

(Cloning would be a bit more difficult, as machairodont cats are in a "third lineage" separate from feline and pantherine cats, but if it could be done, this would be utter awesome and win :D)

/really would like to see passenger pigeons back, but the problem is that you'd have to clone them a thousand at a time to have any reproductive success with 'em--turns out the reason they went extinct is that their mating behaviour was very linked to having ginormous flocks, hence they never could be bred in captivity
//will settle for return of Carolina parakeets, which actually WOULD be doable


YES to the Carolina parakeet!

Also, the moa, thylacine, Haast's eagle, miracinonyx, megatherium, and Panthera leo atrox
 
2012-10-04 07:20:58 PM  

JoeJitsu: Beerguy: FTA:

"Yevgeny ran home to tell his parents, who in turned alerted the local paleontologists." 

So, the parents have the local Paleontologists on speed dial?

"Yes, Mr. Salinder? Another mammoth discovery? We'll get right on it. Quick, to the Paleontologicalmobile!"


Oh, that begs for a 'shop.
 
2012-10-04 07:31:13 PM  
Your butts, hold onto them.
 
2012-10-04 07:31:22 PM  

TastyEloi: DeadMouseTails: Wooly mammoths are one of my favorite extinct animals. I would love it if this tours, like Sue did so many years ago. She was beautiful.

Was it really so many years ago that Sue toured? I seem to remember seeing the exhibition at my local natural history museum, and it seems like it was only 7-8 years ago.

Of course, I'm a geezer, so 1) my memory could be foggy, and 2) something that happened a decade ago usually falls under the "didn't that just happen?" category.


Sue began her tour in 2000. I know I saw her in Los Angeles before Sept 11th (funny how there's life before Sept 11th and life after Sept 11th.), so it's been at least 10 years since I've seen her.
 
2012-10-04 07:32:31 PM  
When I was five I lived in Alaska, and one day I found a bone in the woods bigger than I was tall. I lugged it back to my house thinking it was from a woolly mammoth or a dinosaur. My dad thought it was hilarious that I spent all that effort to haul back a moose femur.

/true story
//still wish it was a fossil. :)
 
2012-10-04 07:32:36 PM  

jckgdig: DeadMouseTails: Wooly mammoths are one of my favorite extinct animals. I would love it if this tours, like Sue did so many years ago. She was beautiful.

/fap?


Whatever floats your boat buddy.
 
2012-10-04 07:32:44 PM  
FTA

Because the remains were buried in the permafrost, the scienctists had to use traditional tools such as axes and picks, plus a specially designed device that allowed them to thaw ice layers with the help of steam. And even with the help of these tools, it still took them a week to get the entire thing out of the ground.

Hair dryer?
 
2012-10-04 07:45:59 PM  
I need that mammoth tusk for a quest
 
2012-10-04 07:58:15 PM  
See? Global Warming isnt all bad.
 
2012-10-04 07:58:29 PM  

Roook: I need that mammoth tusk for a quest


And I need it to do my Ice Age scrimshaw art project.
 
2012-10-04 08:05:53 PM  

Nakito: Ye cannot serve both God and mammoth.


Teehee...
 
2012-10-04 08:07:43 PM  

Roook: I need that mammoth tusk for a quest


My first thought when I saw the pic was that I'd like to use that tusk for a knife handle.
 
2012-10-04 08:07:59 PM  

Stoker: Damn, looks like the "balls" are long gone.
I guess it could be a female.

Is that what they call "pristine condition"? I was thinking pristine condition would mean "We're eating good tonight" condition.

/Did ya see that episode of Northern Exposure?


Can you say 'Freezer Burn'?
 
2012-10-04 08:13:37 PM  
www.theprimalist.com

lets get going on the DNA
 
2012-10-04 08:15:20 PM  

dallylamma: JoeJitsu: Beerguy: FTA:

"Yevgeny ran home to tell his parents, who in turned alerted the local paleontologists." 

So, the parents have the local Paleontologists on speed dial?

"Yes, Mr. Salinder? Another mammoth discovery? We'll get right on it. Quick, to the Paleontologicalmobile!"

"You mean your Chevy?"


i.imgur.com

... "Yes."
 
2012-10-04 08:26:45 PM  

HortusMatris: Ooo! Clone me a pet mammoth! I'll name him Snuffleupagus and build a cart that he can pull me around town in.


Will you still love him and pet him and squeeze him?

Even though he is named 'Snuffleupagus' and not 'George'?
 
2012-10-04 09:37:42 PM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: [i48.tinypic.com image 634x487]


You win the internets
 
2012-10-04 09:40:52 PM  

pkticker: Beerguy: FTA:

"Yevgeny ran home to tell his parents, who in turned alerted the local paleontologists." 

So, the parents have the local Paleontologists on speed dial?

Police, Fire, EMS - 911
Paleontologists - 912


Just search for Paleontologist in Google Maps.
 
2012-10-04 09:42:26 PM  
cloning?
Mammoths, sure

how 'bout Dodo birds??

we anything kill off...we should revive
 
2012-10-04 09:54:04 PM  
I want a pigmy wooly mammoth, like the pigmy hippos and pigmy goats and pigmy horses. But more wooly mammothy. I'll feed it and change it's litter box and such.
 
2012-10-04 10:08:34 PM  

rogue49: cloning?
Mammoths, sure

how 'bout Dodo birds??

we anything kill off...we should revive


Like smallpox?
 
2012-10-04 10:36:04 PM  

texdent: [www.wearysloth.com image 321x240]
Has a bad feeling about this


Life, uh... finds a way.
 
2012-10-04 10:44:11 PM  

jckgdig: rogue49: cloning?
Mammoths, sure

how 'bout Dodo birds??

we anything kill off...we should revive

Like smallpox?


Smallpox hasn't been killed off yet, ergo, no reason to revive it.
 
2012-10-04 10:54:35 PM  

spudvol: FTA

Because the remains were buried in the permafrost, the scienctists had to use traditional tools such as axes and picks, plus a specially designed device that allowed them to thaw ice layers with the help of steam. And even with the help of these tools, it still took them a week to get the entire thing out of the ground.

Hair dryer?


Heh. I know it's rural, but are they really still stuck at clothes irons?
 
2012-10-04 11:23:50 PM  

Tenatra: FTA: the scienctists had to use traditional tools such as axes and picks

/About 37,200 results from google on that word. Seems kinda hard to make that typo.


Muscle memory. "Science" plus "scientist" results in "scienctist".

grokca: My hump, My hump, my lovely mammoth hump.


In the back and in the front. Check it out.

/I hate you
 
2012-10-04 11:37:04 PM  
can we please play god just this once? I want wooly mammoth rides ant the circus before I die... right along with my moon vacation.... Oh yeah, and bring the dodo bird back too... thems biatches musta been delicious! We ate them to extinction! bring on the gourmet dodo bird recipes!
 
2012-10-04 11:54:00 PM  

syzygy whizz: HortusMatris: Ooo! Clone me a pet mammoth! I'll name him Snuffleupagus and build a cart that he can pull me around town in.

Will you still love him and pet him and squeeze him?

Even though he is named 'Snuffleupagus' and not 'George'?


Oh, I would! Even though no one would believe that I had a real mammoth as a pet, they would tell me he was just an imaginary friend. I'd show them, though. One day they would all see him, too, and then we could all sing songs and play games together!
 
2012-10-05 12:07:46 AM  

PYROY: How hard would it have been to post a few more pictures? ANGRY!


I like that when you click expand you get the same size pic.
 
2012-10-05 12:12:24 AM  

HortusMatris: syzygy whizz: HortusMatris: Ooo! Clone me a pet mammoth! I'll name him Snuffleupagus and build a cart that he can pull me around town in.

Will you still love him and pet him and squeeze him?

Even though he is named 'Snuffleupagus' and not 'George'?

Oh, I would! Even though no one would believe that I had a real mammoth as a pet, they would tell me he was just an imaginary friend. I'd show them, though. One day they would all see him, too, and then we could all sing songs and play games together!


How awesome would it be to have an imaginary mammoth as a pet, and have everyone make fun of you; and then one day you tell all your classmates to come meet him down by the river, and then STOMP! TRUMPET! SCREAM! STOMP! FLATTEN!

I think it would be awesome, anyway.
 
2012-10-05 12:25:45 AM  

mudpants: I want a pigmy wooly mammoth, like the pigmy hippos and pigmy goats and pigmy horses. But more wooly mammothy. I'll feed it and change it's litter box and such


You want a pygmy angora mammoth, much more cuddley.
 
2012-10-05 12:37:18 AM  

Gyrfalcon: How awesome would it be to have an imaginary mammoth as a pet, and have everyone make fun of you; and then one day you tell all your classmates to come meet him down by the river, and then STOMP! TRUMPET! SCREAM! STOMP! FLATTEN!

I think it would be awesome, anyway.


And when you tell the police your pet mammoth killed them, no one will believe you!
 
2012-10-05 12:41:20 AM  
What book have I read that ended up having some island of wooly mammoths still alive? Maybe with caves, and some lost city? A Dirk Pitt book maybe? Some Farker has read it.
 
2012-10-05 04:19:30 AM  

Roook: I need that mammoth tusk for a quest


For fire?

www.yorku.ca
 
2012-10-05 08:26:59 PM  
Cool.
 
2012-10-05 08:52:10 PM  

Kurmudgeon: mudpants: I want a pigmy wooly mammoth, like the pigmy hippos and pigmy goats and pigmy horses. But more wooly mammothy. I'll feed it and change it's litter box and such

You want a pygmy angora mammoth, much more cuddley.


I would walk it and feed it and make it's hair into sweaters to give away on christmas or sell at cherity bizzairs. saving my coins up for a spellchecker.
 
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