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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 09, 2019 at 01:10. 15 comments

A 15,000-Year-Old Trap for Catching Woolly Mammoths Has Been Discovered in Mexico

A 15,000-Year-Old Trap for Catching Woolly Mammoths Has Been Discovered in Mexico

Archaeologists working at a site near Mexico City have unearthed a 15,000-year-old trap built by humans to capture mammoths, in what’s the first discovery of its kind.

Early settlers of the Mexico Basin subdued giant mammoths by digging out deep, wide trenches and then driving the animals into the pits, according to a press release issued by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jan 05, 2019. 14 comments

Demand for Ivory Has Spawned a Woolly Mammoth 'Rush’ in Siberia

Demand for Ivory Has Spawned a Woolly Mammoth 'Rush’ in Siberia

With the ban on the international trade of ivory, dealers are increasingly turning to a surprisingly abundant alternative: the tusks of woolly mammoths preserved in Siberian permafrost. But at what cost?

A new AFP report is highlighting the burgeoning trade in woolly mammoth tusks—a development that, through the most optimistic lens, could ease pressure on living elephants, result in new...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Feb 27, 2018. 7 comments

Ancient Elephants and Mastodons Were Totally Down With Inter-Species Boning

Ancient Elephants and Mastodons Were Totally Down With Inter-Species Boning

The history of elephants—from gigantic woolly mammoths through to modern forest-dwelling pachyderms—is more complicated than we thought. An analysis of modern and ancient elephant genomes shows that interbreeding and hybridization was an important aspect of elephant evolution.

New research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that ancient elephants were very...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 26, 2017. 13 comments

Strange Mammoth Skull Found in California Puzzles Paleontologists

Strange Mammoth Skull Found in California Puzzles Paleontologists

Paleontologists working on an island off the coast of California’s Ventura County have discovered a strange mammoth skull that exhibits features never seen before in the extinct elephantine creatures. Not too big and not too small, this skull could represent a transitional species.

The skull was found in an eroding stream bank on Santa Rosa Island within Channel Islands National Park by a team...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 03, 2017. 6 comments

Why Did Male Mammoths Get Stuck in Traps More Often Than Female Mammoths?

Why Did Male Mammoths Get Stuck in Traps More Often Than Female Mammoths?

While conducting an analysis of woolly mammoth DNA, European researchers noticed something a little strange. A disproportionate number of male mammoths were found preserved in traps, such as holes and bogs. The explanation, say the researchers, can be be tied to the behavior of their distant relatives—the modern elephant.

Imagine the scene: It’s about 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 25, 2017. 17 comments

Fox Is Making a Movie About the De-Extinction of the Woolly Mammoth

Fox Is Making a Movie About the De-Extinction of the Woolly Mammoth

Author Ben Mezrich is no stranger to finding a cool story and seeing it become a movie. He wrote the books that got turned into The Social Network and 21, and now his upcoming work has already been picked up by Hollywood. It’s about the potential return of the woolly mammoth.

Mezrich’s upcoming book is called Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic...

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