woolly mammoth

noun

Definition of woolly mammoth 

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

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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 Summon up a picture for us from the mists of time, and explain the importance of the woolly mammoth. National Geographic, "When, How Did the First Americans Arrive? It’s Complicated.," 9 June 2018 Think trilobites to the woolly mammoth with T. rex in between. Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of new children’s books," 24 May 2018 De-extinction projects are already underway for the passenger pigeon and the woolly mammoth. Ben Crair, Smithsonian, "Why Did the Carolina Parakeet Go Extinct?," 19 Apr. 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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woolly mammoth

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

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