10,000 years ago, woolly mammoths and mastodons roamed the wilds of Michigan. There were more mastodons than mammoths in Michigan, so the mastodon was adopted as the official Michigan state fossil in 2002. But, thanks to permafrost in Siberia, there's much more preserved woolly mammoth tissue, with viable DNA.

And now, according to rt.com, (a Russian website) scientists at Harvard have taken steps to make "cloned" woolly mammoths a real possibility. Someday, there may be woolly mammoths roaming around Siberia again. And when they get a breeding population going there - the next step, in my opinion, would be to bring some back to the U.P.

Here's the story.

And here's a helpful video about mammoths and mastodons from the Field Museum in Chicago:




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