A team of scientists have reconstructed most of the genetic code of the woolly mammoth and have, in effect, come up with an instruction manual for recreating a creature that became extinct 10,000 years ago in the last Ice Age.
For those of you who don't know (or forgot from high school and college science classes like me): A mammoth is any species of the extinct genus Mammuthus. These proboscideans are members of the elephant family and close relatives of modern elephants. They were often equipped with long curved tusks and, in northern species, a covering of long hair. They lived from the Pliocene epoch from 4.8 million years ago to around 4,500 years ago.
SO my question is, should we be doing this? Perhaps things go extinct for a reason?
They also are trying to recreate our "relative" the Neantherdal, again why? We all have family that has "disappeared" that we don't want to hear from? From what I gather these Neantherdals have been gone for a while, do we really want to bring these folks back? Could be like that cousin who was locked up 10 years ago that you've been avoiding...In any case, what do you all think about the Mammoth or its favorite hunter the Neanderthal being brought back?