In the Hollywood movie 'Jurassic Park', legendary filmmaker Steven Speilberg introduced the idea of recreating extinct dinosaurs and showcasing them in a theme park. Now, a team of scientists from Russia, South Korea and Japan have already started their work to bring back the woolly mammoths, cave lions and extinct ancient horses into life. Reality turns unbelievable than fiction Touted to be a less terrifying version of the 'Jurassic Park', scientists who are part of this cloning project aims to display these ancient animals in a theme park in Russia. Researchers are hopeful of discovering perfectly-preserved specimens of the extinct animals from the northern reaches of the Russian Arctic and once the team finds these remains, they will extract non-degradable DNA, the basic constituent needed for cloning. Evgenia Mikhailova, interim rector for North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk revealed that an investment of $5.9 million will make those ancient creatures alive again, as the … [Read more...] about Russia may open real-life ‘Jurassic Park,’ if cloning of ancient animals becomes a success
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Giving birth standing up, a mother giraffe collapsed with its legs stretched out straight in opposite directions. Somehow, with great difficulty, it managed to stand up again only to collapse again in the same fashion. About 40 veterinarians, biologists and staff members could only watch in helpless horror as the poor giraffe, in unspeakable agony, struggled to hold on to life and died a few hours later. “We were all at a loss as to what to do. Fortunately, the baby survived,” recalled Indonesia Safari Park director Jansen Manangsang of his heartbreaking, harrowing hours of waiting. He blamed himself for being unprepared to face such an unexpectedly difficult delivery. As the director of the country’s top zoo that also doubles as a conservation institution, Jansen is concerned not only for the animals inside the park, but also for the endemic species found elsewhere across the archipelago. In the Peleonan Forest on Siberut, the largest of the Mentawai islands, Jansen … [Read more...] about Human and animal conflict of the nation’s menagerie
Even though many animal activists are struggling to protect several endangered species, new research by French National Research Institute shows that the most popular and charismatic animals on the earth are facing life and death issue ahead of fast-paced extinction as a species. The research was published on Thursday, April 13, in PLOS Biology. It stated that tigers, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, pandas, polar bears, wolves, cheetahs and gorillas are considered the most charismatic or the "charismatic megafauna", which means the animals which people notice much and care about more than they do for other animals. The researchers of this study have collected 5,422 survey responses from participants in France, Spain and England about what they spot as the most favourite animals among others. The lead author of the study and an ecologist at the French National Research Institute, Franck Courchamp told Newsweek that as per his observation people like large animals such as bear and … [Read more...] about What’s behind fast paced extinction of many animal species? Researchers find it out
A new study conducted by an International team of researchers has successfully sequenced genomes of extinct and living elephant species. The team which included researchers from McMaster University, Harvard Medical School, Uppsala University, and the University of Potsdam sequenced fourteen genomes of several ancient elephant species including mammoth and mastodons which lived millions of years ago. During the study, researchers found that ancient elephants had a very complicated history, characterized by widespread interbreeding. However, the researchers made it clear that interbreeding is not happening among elephants which roam the modern world, adding to the growing fears of the future of a few species which remains on earth. Interbreeding often helps to survive The researchers said that it was the interbreeding behaviour prevalent among mammoths which helped them to become so successful over such long periods of adverse and diverse conditions. While interbreeding may help … [Read more...] about Interbreeding not happening among modern-day elephants, are they on verge of extinction?
Scientists have long known that an asteroid slammed in Earth and created the Chicxulub Crater, which contributed to the dinosaurs’ extinction 66 million years ago. Scientists have struggled to determine whether the volcanic activity or the global cooling that resulted from the asteroid impact were more responsible for the extinction event. Now a study has revealed that the crash also triggered massive volcanic activity in the world’s oceans, further changing the picture of how the dinosaurs went extinct. When an asteroid hit Earth some 66 million years ago, it triggered devastation around the world. There were at least three nearly simultaneous events involved in the global catastrophe that ended what we now call the Mesozoic era. An asteroid between 10 and 15 kilometers in diameter slammed into Earth, creating the Chicxulub Crater near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The Deccan Traps, a massive … [Read more...] about The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs triggered devastating underwater eruptions — which changes how we understand their extinction