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West Mersea mammoth tusk found on beach

Archaeologists on the Essex coast have discovered a 6ft (2m) long mammoth tusk during an unusually low tide.
The find was made by members and volunteers with Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (Citizan) on Thursday morning off Mersea Island.

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DNA clues to why woolly mammoth died out

The last woolly mammoths to walk the Earth were so wracked with genetic disease that they lost their sense of smell, shunned company, and had a strange shiny coat.
That's the verdict of scientists who have analysed ancient DNA of the extinct animals for mutations.
The studies suggest the last mammoths died out after their DNA became riddled with errors. The knowledge could inform conservation efforts for living animals.

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Mammoth ivory carving exhibition begins in Beijing

More than 2,000 pieces of art works are displayed and the exhibition at Beijing's famous Panjiayuan Antiques Market will last more than ten days.
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Ancient mammoth remains found in Switzerland

Mammoth remains that could be around 20,000 years old have been discovered at a building site in central Switzerland, a local official said Friday.
"It's a very exciting discovery, because the last mammoth find (in the canton of Zug) was 50 years ago," said Renata Huber of the canton's heritage and archaeological department. During the construction of an office building in the town of Rotkreuz late last month, a heavy digger emerged from the ground lifting what appeared to be a large tusk, Huber said.

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Landmark genetic analysis identifies how woolly mammoth adapted to arctic life

The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt to life in the arctic. Mammoth genes that differed from their counterparts in elephants played roles in skin and hair development, fat metabolism, insulin signaling and numerous other traits. Genes linked to physical traits such as skull shape, small ears and short tails were also identified. As a test of function, a mammoth gene involved in temperature sensation was resurrected in the laboratory and its protein product characterised.
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Mammoth genome sequence completed

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth.
A US team is already attempting to study the animals' characteristics by inserting mammoth genes into elephant stem cells. They want to find out what made the mammoths different from their modern relatives and how their adaptations helped them survive the ice ages.

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Extinct Woolly Mammoth Genes Spliced Into Living Cells

Genes from frozen woolly mammoth remains have been copied and pasted into the genome of an Asian elephant by researchers led by George Church at Harvard University. They spliced the genes for the mammoths small ears, subcutaneous fat, and hair length and colour into the DNA of elephant skin cells in tissue cultures
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Mammoth and Mastodon Behavior Was Less Roam, More Stay at Home

According to research from the University of Cincinnati, the famously fuzzy relatives of elephants liked living in Greater Cincinnati long before it was trendy - at the end of the last ice age. A study led by Brooke Crowley, an assistant professor of geology and anthropology, shows the ancient proboscideans enjoyed the area so much they likely were year-round residents and not nomadic migrants as previously thought. 
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West Runton 'mammoth walks on Norfolk coast'

A life-size replica of a "mammoth" that last walked on the Norfolk coast more than 700,000 years ago has taken its first "steps".
The 4m plywood recreation is modelled on the remains of a giant elephant that was discovered on West Runton beach in 1990.

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De-extinction: Mammoth prospect, or just woolly?

Some scientists are now seriously considering the possibility of bringing back extinct animals. But can it be done, and if so, what would be the use?
The film Jurassic Park - based on a novel by Michael Crichton - is a rather cautionary take on the merits, or otherwise, of using technology to revive extinct species.



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