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Woolly Mammoth

The Audacious Experiment of Pleistocene Park

By Pleistocene Park, Revive & Restore, Woolly Mammoth
An artist's renderings of the mammoth steppe. Courtesy Pleistocene Park Foundation. Through the work spearheaded by one family, an ecosystem reengineering experiment is bringing new life to the Arctic. It's an effort to stop the thaw of permafrost and the impending, enormous release of its greenhouse gasses.  Nearly 20,000 years ago, millions of woolly mammoths, bison, oxen, horse, and reindeer lived in the grassland steppe of northern Siberia. Today, the landscape is largely a barren tundra, a once-great grassland ecosystem ruined through hapless human activity. However, things are starting to change. In one corner of Siberia, Sergey Zimov and son...
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Beth Shapiro: The Young Science of Ancient DNA

By De-Extinction, Genetic Rescue, Woolly Mammoth
It is difficult to overstate the influence and guidance Beth Shapiro has lent to the field paleogenomics and the work of Revive & Restore. Beth is one of our Board Members as well as an advisor for our Passenger Pigeon Project. As Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Beth uses the DNA recovered from bones and other remains to study how species have evolved through time and how human activity has affected this dynamic process. She is also a fantastic speaker, conveying great enthusiasm for...
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New Book on Woolly Mammoth De-extinction

By De-Extinction, Woolly Mammoth
Revive & Restore plays a role in Ben Mezrich’s new book WOOLLY – soon to be a feature film directed by Oscar Sharp. The book reads like a novel, but it tells the story of real characters and real events.  George Church at Harvard Medical School built a team of brilliant genome engineers to work on editing enough woolly mammoth genes into  living elephant genomes to potentially recreate living woolly mammoths. Revive & Restore introduced George Church to the extraordinary Russian scientist Sergey Zimov, who has started a project in northern Siberia called “Pleistocene Park,” which is using wild grazing...
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