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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jan , 2011 10:37 pm 
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Mammoth 'could be reborn in four years'

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The woolly mammoth, extinct for thousands of years, could be brought back to life in as little as four years thanks to a breakthrough in cloning technology.


I don't know whether to be horrified or thrilled about the possibility :scared:

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jan , 2011 10:59 pm 
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Sounds a lot like the plot to another Jurassic Park movie. :suspicious:

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jan , 2011 11:50 pm 
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Wow. Cool, in a way, and terrifying in another. Did these people not watch Jurassic Park? Or read the book?!

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan , 2011 1:35 am 
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How about cloning the species you've killed off in this millennium, first? :roll:




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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan , 2011 2:40 pm 
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Fascinating. :) I wonder how difficult it will be to keep the creature tame? If it's handled from birth by skilled elephant trainers, it shouldn't be impossible.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan , 2011 3:34 pm 
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Other than to say, "Wow, look at this cool thing we did!" why bother? *E* is right.

The Mammoth's habitat is LONG gone. Their range was in the shadow of the great ice sheets, in a very cold and very dry climate.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan , 2011 3:47 pm 
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Why??? To put giant battle howdahs on, of course! :horse:

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan , 2011 4:16 pm 
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Maria is right.

We'll be the envy of all our mortal enemies :cool:

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan , 2011 5:28 pm 
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I wanna see a Dodo.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jan , 2011 6:59 pm 
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I have to say I'm still skeptical about this. DNA is degraded over time like any other chemical, regardless of exposure to cold. Even the "most viable" cells probably wouldn't have a perfectly intact genetic code.


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PostPosted: Fri 21 Jan , 2011 5:05 am 
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I wanna see a Dodo.


I think Congress is back in session....

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Jan , 2011 5:55 am 
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Wrong dodo. :P

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Jan , 2011 9:49 am 
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If you added a strategically-placed comma, you could make that into an insult :D

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Jan , 2011 9:15 pm 
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Yes, but REL hasn't been back long enough for me to start giving him crap. And Congress is well-supplied with dodos.

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PostPosted: Wed 23 Feb , 2011 12:10 am 
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Alatar wrote:
I wanna see a Dodo.


You know you've been facewashed when you try and "like" this. Anyway, I... like this comment.

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Feb , 2011 12:32 am 
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Other than to say, "Wow, look at this cool thing we did!" why bother? *E* is right.

The Mammoth's habitat is LONG gone. Their range was in the shadow of the great ice sheets, in a very cold and very dry climate.


Reading in Scientific American, it is suggested that one of the reasons the Mammoth went extinct is that it was out-competed by the Bison which had recently emigrated from Asia. They out-competed the Mammoth, the giant Beaver, the Camel, and the American Horse.

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PostPosted: Fri 11 Mar , 2011 3:02 pm 
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I wanna eat a dodo.

Not a whole one mind. I saw a skeleton of a dodo in the museum of my son's university.

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PostPosted: Fri 11 Mar , 2011 8:37 pm 
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Just how do beavers and bison compete in any way? :scratch: Different habitat, different food needs.


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PostPosted: Mon 14 Mar , 2011 9:58 pm 
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Giant Beaver

Apparently this giant was not a specialized wood eater.

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar , 2011 2:23 am 
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Actually, thanks for that image, CG: thought I had gotten a shot of one at the Royal Ontario Museum last year, but it is nowhere to be found! I've joined the ranks of male university students everywhere in hunting for beave.

Speaking of high-brow humor, the ROM's giant beaver was right around the corner from a fossilized sloth turd. I was texting a lot of pictures to my little brother that day. :P He's the kind of person who draws giant dicks in the sand and poses next to them for his facebook profile.

If you think this is off topic: just consider the evolutionary implications of my previous two paragraphs...




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