Your World This Week, Volume III

Published July 6, 2015
Updated July 12, 2015
Published July 6, 2015
Updated July 12, 2015

Bringing The Woolly Mammoth Back To Life

While “de-extinction” may not be the punchiest phrasing, it’s the name scientists have been using for some time to describe their efforts in bringing extinct species back to life. Jurassic Park or no Jurassic Park, these efforts are very real and have been underway for quite a while. Next up: the woolly mammoth.

Now, the creature scientists are very close to resurrecting wouldn’t be a full-fledged woolly mammoth, but more of a hybrid between the mammoth and the genetically similar Asian elephant. And that’s if they even move forward with the project. “It won’t be that long till we’re technically able to do it, but whether we should is a different question,” University of Chicago biologist Vincent Lynch, co-author of the latest study, said. “I don’t think we should.”

But even if we don’t resurrect the mammoth (and the handful of other species on the horizon), imparting some of its traits onto modern-day creatures could prove rather beneficial. In this case, the mammoth’s cold-weather attributes could allow the Asian elephant to extend its range and move farther away from human interference. Discover the inner workings of the resurrection process and where it might take us at Live Science.

5 Events To Know About This Week

Che Guevara

Che Guevara Source: The AV Club

  • July 7, 1953: Revolutionary Che Guevara embarks on trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.
  • Beatles Sign

    The Beatles promote their 1967 hit. Source: Billboard

  • July 7, 1967: The Beatles release “All You Need is Love”
  • South Sudan Independence

    South Sudan celebrates independence in 2011. Source: Talk of Juba

  • July 9: South Sudan celebrates its independence day
  • Yeltsin Clinton

    Boris Yeltsin and Bill Clinton have a laugh in the 90s. Source: New York Daily News

  • July 10, 1991: Boris Yeltsin takes oath of office, and becomes the first popularly elected president in Russia’s thousand-year history.
  • Thoreau Sign

    A Thoreau quote posted at Walden Pond, Massachusetts. Source: Wikipedia

  • July 12, 1817: Philosopher Henry David Thoreau is born in Concord, Massachusetts