Scientists Have Sequenced the Entire Genome of a Woolly Mammoth

April 24, 2015 4:22 AM

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Scientists Have Sequenced the Entire Genome of a Woolly Mammoth

An international team of scientists has sequenced the whole genome of the woolly mammoth, a breakthrough that could help our understanding of why these hairy cousins of the elephant went extinct.

The last surviving population died out on an Arctic island called Wrangel off the coast of Russia some 4,000 years ago, 6,000 years after their relatives disappeared from mainland Siberia, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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