Woolly Mammoths.. Should we bring them back?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Bells, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    That would have been a good suggestion 50 years ago. But now that we have to expect global warming, there's no need to protect large animals from the cold. On the contrary, they might need to be scaled down in size to be comfortable on a warmer planet.
     
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  3. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

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    Oh I don't know

    Perhaps if we bring them back we can observe evolution in action as they shed their Woolly

    Also if they don't shed Woolly global warming not happening

    Win win

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  5. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Could we use Neanderthal DNA and build a better cage fighter?
    They had a larger brain capacity we could use that maybe.
    Alex
     
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  7. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

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    If we do

    we're gonna need a bigger cage

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  8. Yazata Valued Senior Member

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    It's a good suggestion right now if the goal is to "bring back" Mammoths. I was addressing the issue of how it might be done. You seem to be arguing for a different proposition, that they shouldn't be brought back.

    I'm unmoved by that argument.

    Pleistocene Park is where it's been proposed that re-engineered Mammoths live:

    http://www.pleistocenepark.ru/en/

    It isn't far from Oymyakon, one of the coldest places on Earth (outside Antarctica, at least). "Global warming" has some work left to do to warm up this Siberian town. Its year round mean temperature is 4 degrees F (-15 degrees C). In January the mean is -46 degrees C/-51 degrees F. Only 500 people live there.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oymyakon
     
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  9. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Couple'a things
    Wooly mammoths had a double coat, soft inner hair which they shed and a longer outer layer called "guard hairs".
    Forbs grew where it was warmer than currently in siberia, they ate forbs, so it was warmer in siberia during the glacial period.
    That branch most likely evolved during mis 11 when it was warmer than today, then they survived other interglacials when it was warmer than today.

    There seems to be no reason to recreate the woolly mammoth aside from curiosity(can we do it?), and maybe just a fun thing to do.
     

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