In potentially exciting cloning news, scientists have successfully drawn liquid wooly mammoth blood from a carcass found in Siberia. Fingers crossed by this time next year they're inexpensive enough to hire for a kid's birthday party.
About 15,000 years ago, an old female wooly mammoth plunged through the ice as she was being chased by predators. Her remains have now been uncovered by scientists working in Siberia. And remarkably, as they were digging it out, blood began to stream out. Which is weird given that it was 10° below freezing.
"It can be assumed that the blood of mammoths had some cryo-protective properties," noted Grigoriev. Mammoth blood, it would appear, contains a kind of anti-freeze.
Anti-freeze blood or not, let's hurry and clone that sucker. Do you have any idea how majestic I would look riding an ARMORED MAMMOTH into battle? Of course you don't, which is why I took the liberty of Photoshopping some fur and armor into this picture of me riding an elephant at the zoo when I was a kid. "And who's this woman you drew in sitting beside you?" That's my cavewoman girlfriend. "She's topless." We're soulmates, bro -- I don't expect you to understand.
Hit the jump for a couple shots of the gnarly carcass the blood was pulled from.
Thanks to krunkmasterhowie and Cracknel, who have already started manufacturing wooly mammoth saddles in anticipation.