(CNet) When it comes to cloning extinct critters, it seems most people are holding out more hope for re-creating woolly mammoths than building “Jurassic Park.” The researchers involved in a mammoth-rebuilding project are probably pretty excited about a recent find by Russian scientists who uncovered a fairly fresh new mammoth.
A paleontological expedition from the Research Institute of Applied Ecology of the North, North-Eastern Federal University, and the Russian Geographical Society discovered a female mammoth in a remarkably good state of preservation in the Novosibirsk archipelago in Siberia. North-Eastern Federal University has partnered with controversial South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk (who was found to have faked data involving a procedure to clone human embryonic stem cells) for a mammoth-cloning effort.
“The fragments of muscle tissues, which we’ve found out of the body, have a natural red color of fresh meat,” says expedition leader Semyon Grigoriev. “The reason for such preservation is that the lower part of the body was underlying in pure ice, and the upper part was found in the middle of tundra.”