woolly mammoth


Definition of woolly mammoth 

: a heavy-coated mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) formerly inhabiting the colder parts of the northern hemisphere

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Church focused not on the passenger pigeon but on his own pet project, the woolly mammoth. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead," 9 Oct. 2018 Earlier this year, an extremely rare woolly mammoth bone was found on a beach in Scotland. James Rogers, Fox News, "Gruesome mammoth 'kill site' discovered," 7 Sep. 2018 Similar challenges would exist with trying to clone a woolly mammoth or other extinct species. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Once Implicated in Cloning Fraud, This Scientist Now Wants to Bring Back an Extinct Ice-Age Horse," 7 Sep. 2018 In the 1990s, scientists uncovered ancient DNA for the first time; today, advancements in genetic engineering make talk of woolly mammoth de-extinction sound less and less fantastical. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 From the downfall of a buzzy biotech startup to the quest to revive the extinct woolly mammoth to explorations of the historic 1918 flu pandemic, there’s sure to be a page-turner below to capture your attention. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 The woolly mammoth is Alaska’s official state fossil. Washington Post, "Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk," 19 June 2018 Bigelow said plants from the ancient land mass during the last ice age are similar to those on today's Wrangel Island, north of Siberia and the last known home of woolly mammoths. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Was the Bering Land Bridge a good place to live?," 24 Feb. 2018 An extremely rare woolly mammoth bone has been found on a beach in Scotland. James Rogers, Fox News, "Extremely rare woolly mammoth bone found on beach," 13 June 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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: an extinct mammal that was a heavy-coated mammoth of cold northern regions

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