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#1 10 years ago

a few points i rose in a boring chat with a mate whilst he was trying to study. why dont mammoths exist anymore? if theres still ice caps, whats stopping mammoths from existing? have we just not explored antarctica enough top find any? if theres a fully frozen but preserved mammoth, why dont we clone it? we cloned a sheep, why is it that we dont get a big room, clone a mommoth and have an arctic zoo with a mammoth..? what killed mammoths off in the first place?




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#2 10 years ago

You have to understand that it's far too hot for mammoths to exist. Placing one in Antarctica would be equal to placing a Greenlander in Sahara. They'd die. And we cannot clone them as they're basically just dust. No DNA. Plus, we haven't sucessfully cloned a mammal without any problems.




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#3 10 years ago

acidfluxxbass;4434037why dont mammoths exist anymore?[/quote]

Because they're extinct. IIRC the climate changed too much.

acidfluxxbass;4434037 if theres still ice caps, whats stopping mammoths from existing?[/quote]

The fact that there aren't any at the moment. They might find it hard to get food if they lived now, the poles being as barren as they are.

acidfluxxbass;4434037 have we just not explored antarctica enough top find any?[/quote]

Unlikely.

[quote=acidfluxxbass;4434037] if theres a fully frozen but preserved mammoth, why dont we clone it?

People are looking for just such a mammoth. I think the DNA has had problems in ones found so far.

[quote=acidfluxxbass;4434037] we cloned a sheep, why is it that we dont get a big room, clone a mommoth and have an arctic zoo with a mammoth..?

See above.

[quote=acidfluxxbass;4434037] what killed mammoths off in the first place?

Climate, I think. Other possibilities include man, other hunters or lack of food.




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#4 10 years ago

This thread reminds me what a nonsensical blunder the movie 10,000 BC is. Mammoths running around on everything from tundra to deserts where pyramids are being built with humans vs their ancestral species. What a joke.




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#5 10 years ago

Yeah. I do know that there were alot of Mammoths in Scandinavia though. It had the perfect climate back then.




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#6 10 years ago

All mammoths are probably extinct. But elephants might evolve into a different version of mammoths. Cloning will lead to probably lead to problems. Haven't you seen "The Sixth Day". But still, it would be cool if mammoths were cloned.




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#7 10 years ago

There's a big chance that Mammoths were one of the first animals to fall to humanity. Since we were probably one of the reasons to drive them extinct in the first place. The second would a climate change which has come into place with the end of the last ice age. As to why mamoths don't exist on the Antarctis. Well it's just my assumption, but my guess is, because there's nothing to eat there...nothing at all. That is unless the mamoths suddenly developed a very important ability to eat ice. Come to think of it, they might be behind global warming. Geez, I'm tired. As for cloning. I'd say there's a price consideration and possibly the fact that they don't have any good cell samples yet. If I remember correctly, you need plutopotent cells for cloning instead of normal already specialised ones, since a number of DNA segments are inactive.




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#8 10 years ago

we could clone a 100% pure breed mammoth, we do have DNA, it's more or less the cost of such a project, plus the length of time it would take, since it would take many generation using african elephants as surrogate mothers, untill you have a breeding capable mammoth/african mutt elephant, which would then have to keep going and going and going untill you have a mammoth of 100% pure blood.




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#9 10 years ago

Mammoths went extinct, because of extensive hunting and the changing climate. That's why there aren't any more. And they could not survive in Antarctica. What would they eat? Contrary to popular belief, mammoths did not live in frozen wastelands. They were very large and thus had to ingest huge amounts of plant material every day. If anywhere, we should look in the endless tundra of Siberia, however it's very unlikely that a group of such large animals survived for millennia without anyone noticing.

But as Mihail said, we have mammoth DNA and there are currently projects going to rebreed a mammoth. It will be a while though.




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#10 10 years ago
acidfluxxbass;4434037why dont mammoths exist anymore?

Because they're all dead. Here, I found this in my recipe book ('Mr. Matt's Cookbook of DEATH', £13.99 RRP, in all good book stores):

How to make a Woolly Mammoth Extinct

  1. Get spear.
  2. Plunge spear into side of mammoth.
  3. Eat, then repeat with as many mammoths as you can find
  4. Increase temperature by five or ten degrees for several centuries, to radically alter their natural habitat.
  5. Dig up bones 10,000 years later and display.
if theres still ice caps, whats stopping mammoths from existing?

Us. That, and they didn't live on the ice caps. Who would? They liked open grassland and tundra, not solid blocks of ice and snow.

have we just not explored antarctica enough top find any?

It's hard to miss a herd of mammoths, I'd imagine. Antarctica isn't some lost world, and mammoths didn't live down on that half of the planet anyway. Bit far for them to swim.

if theres a fully frozen but preserved mammoth, why dont we clone it?

Freezing something, especially for tens of thousands of years, tends to kill cells. Burst them, in fact. You need cells to do the cloning thing, much like you need lycra to do the sex thing. There's enough DNA to research them, but not enough to clone them. And don't go watching movies and think you can fill in the gaps with frog DNA either.

Besides, have you seen some of the hideous creatures that scientists have tried to clone? John Prescott was originally a goat cloning experiment that went very wrong. Do you want to risk another?!

we cloned a sheep, why is it that we dont get a big room, clone a mommoth and have an arctic zoo with a mammoth..?

Cloning sheep is different. For one thing, sheep aren't extinct. And mommoths never existed.

what killed mammoths off in the first place?

Please see the recipe above for more information on how to render mammoths extinct.




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