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World of Science BCE: Cloning Mammoths/34k year-old bacteria
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DeD CHiKn



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nathan wrote:
I too long for the day when NFL quarterbacks can be sanctioned for hosting illegal mammoth fighting rings.


I have to be honest, Id pay to see this.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DeD CHiKn wrote:
nathan wrote:
I too long for the day when NFL quarterbacks can be sanctioned for hosting illegal mammoth fighting rings.


I have to be honest, Id pay to see this.


It's going to take real ingenuity to secretly smuggle those mammoths to secretly held fights...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they'll put the mammoths in condoms and smuggle them in their kiesters...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cue dick jokes.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, you know who's a dick? Mizike!

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That's what you meant right?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure, the condom says, "mammoth size," but everyone knows they're not much bigger than regular condoms.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting side note on Mammoths and their extinction. Paleontologists are currently investigating the idea that Bison migrating into the new world had an impact on habitat for horses, Mammoths, and other large mammals. They're no more native here than we are.

Interesting Idea I think. The popular theory these days is people did the dirty work. It certainly matches up to just about every other habitat we've moved into outside of africa. On the other hand there is evidence for an impact event at around that time which would have done interesting and unpleasant things to the environs (even signs of people are hard to find for a good chunk of time after the target date for the impact). I don't see a reason to pick favorites. Probably all of the above contributed and more than likely several factors we don't know about as well.

I do think it would be neat to parcel out some large chunk of land no one is using and populate it with native flora and fauna and or analogues of extinct species (or maybe some cloned mammoths) and see what happens to the ecology. Just re-introducing wolves to Yellowstone had extremely far reaching consequences so I'd be interested to know what a fully functional north american ecology looks like.
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