No, I’m not exaggerating nor have I watched Jurassic Park one too many times. This baby mammoth, named Lyuba, choke to her death 42,000 years ago in what is today northwest Siberia. Fortunately for us, she was frozen, but not before some lactobacillus microbes in the water surrounding her had actually pickled her body. As a result of that, Lyba’s organs are now perfectly well preserved.
As ever, some scientists doubt that Lyuba’s DNA can be used to clone a mammoth, citing too much DNA damage, but hopes are raised by the extinct species close ties with modern elephants. To put it simply, an elephant could be used as a surrogate mammoth mother, which of course would then be subjected to a whole lot of testing and invasive procedures. But it is a fascinating possibility and one that is not at all outlandish. Scroll down for the video below and hear Professor Adrian Lister from the Natural History Museum in London, which is where Lyuba is kept, tell more.
And here is the video:
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