“The last woolly mammoths to walk the Earth were so wracked with genetic disease that they lost their sense of smell, shunned company, and had a strange shiny coat.”
Researchers found “many deletions, big chunks of the genome that are missing, some of which even affected functional genes”.
Dr Rebekah Rogers of the University of California, Berkeley, who led the research, said the mammoths’ genomes “were falling apart right before they went extinct”.
“Knowledge of the last days of the mammoth could help modern species on the brink of extinction, such as the panda, mountain gorilla and Indian elephant.”
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“Archaeologists have uncovered crystal arrowheads, an exquisite dagger blade, and cores used for creating the artifacts, that date to the 3rd millennium BCE.” They seem to be grave goods. Honestly the
full article is pretty dry, “structure 10.042-10.049 is another large two-chambered megalithic construction made from slate slabs” etc, just be happy there’s ancient crystal weapons and don’t ask for more.
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“Christopher Columbus has two tombs, one in the Old World and one in the New, and no one’s sure which has the real Columbus inside.”
Did you know! Sabre-toothed cats (‘tigers’) are only one member of the extinct Machairodontinae subfamily: there are also dirk-toothed, dagger-toothed and scimitar-toothed cats.