Thoughts on the Frozen Baby Mammoth

I read the most incredible article in this month’s National Geographic.  It was the story of the two reindeer herders who came across a baby mammoth carcass in Siberia back in the spring of 2007. What was unusual about this find, as opposed to others, was how complete it was. One scientist exclaimed that he could even see the eyelashes!

mammoth skeleton

I’d heard about the baby mammoth, but this was the first time I’d seen the photos. They really were remarkable; an actual glimpse into the past of our planet.

Now’s there’s talk of cloning a mammoth. I’m not so sure that’s a great idea. As much as I’d love to see a real, living mammoth, I strongly believe that they’ve had their day. I think it’s more to the point to save their living descendants, the African and Asian elephants of today.

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