Complete 9,000-year-old extinct bison uncovered in Siberia

Posted: November 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

A complete, frozen carcass of a Steppe bison that lived approximately 9,300 years ago has been discovered in Russia’s Far East.  Discoveries of complete carcasses in the past have prompted speculation about the possibility of bringing them back to life. Australian scientists revealed in October 2012 that bonds in a DNA strand can survive no more than 6.8 million years under ideal conditions, suggesting that extinct animals from the more recent past, such as woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, may one day be cloned.

The discovery in 2012 also ruled out the possibility of one day cloning dinosaurs as was shown in the popular film “Jurassic Park,” as the youngest dinosaur fossils ever found are about 65 million years old. The film features a billionaire businessman whose team is able to clone dinosaurs through DNA extracted from mosquitoes which were preserved in prehistoric amber.


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