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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
We Could Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth. Here's How.
A museum worker checks the hair on this woolly mammoth replica.
Photogrpah by Jonathan Blair, National Geographic Creative
imagined a future in which it was possible to bring dinosaurs back to life. Now, that fiction may become reality as geneticists seek to resurrect the
These Ice Age herbivores, whose closest living relatives are the
, lived on several northern continents and had a thick, furry coat that protected against the extreme cold.
The shaggy animals
went extinct about 4,000 years ago
, but the current revolution in genetics—which is combating aging, eradicating diseases, and even allowing parents to create "designer babies"—may change that. (
Read how to resurrect lost species
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