7 Amazing Extinct Animals We Want to See Resurrected!

In our September issue we featured a wonderful article about a group of scientists attempting to resurrect extinct animals. Top of their list is the Passenger Pigeon, but there are a whole array of weird and wonderful animals we'd love to have science resurrect. Take a look at these 7 extinct animals we would like to see roaming the Earth once more...

Woolly Mammoth

Extinction: Between 10,000 and 4,000 years ago

  • Most Woolly Mammoths died out approximately 10,000 years ago. However, a small population of 500-1000 woolly mammoths lived on Wrangel Island until 1650 BC. 
     
  • The coat of a Woolly Mammoth consisted of a “guard” of foot long hairs, and an undercoat of shorter hairs.
     
  • As massive as they were, Woolly Mammoths were hunted and feasted upon by early humans. They used these beasts for their warm pelts as well and meat. There's even a theory stating that the patience, planning and cooperation required to catch and kill just one Woolly Mammoth went a long way toward advancing human civilization.
     
  • The typically orange/brown depiction of the Mammoths in popular culture may not be realistic. The orange pigment of unearthed fur specimens could have more to do with the minerals of the earth in which they were found than the actual colour of the Mammoth.
     
  • The human/mammoth relationship is well documented in cave paintings. The Rouffignac cave in France features over 158 depictions.

    Cave PAinting Mammoth