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Woolly mammoth genome could shed light on extinctions
Woolly mammoth genome could shed light on extinctions

In what may be a first for a long-extinct non-human animal -- and certainly for an extinct creature of such stature -- scientists have assembled the complete genome of the woolly mammoth, gaining insight into why the last surviving population of the great beasts, marooned on an Arctic island off the coast of Russia, may have disappeared.  The international team, led by researchers at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, reported their findings Thursday in the journal Current Biology. Study co-author Eleftheria Palkopoulou said that recent successes in the tricky business of sequencing ancient DNA, including samples from early hominids like Neanderthals...

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