Woolly Mammoth DNA Mutations Piled Up Pre-Extinction

The extinct woolly mammoth lives on today as a regal symbol of the last ice age, a poster child for de-extinctionists and an occasional guest on HBO’s Game of Thrones. But new research reveals that when it made its last stand on a remote island, the species was a mess.

Mammuthus primigenius had disappeared from most of Eurasia and North America by about 10,000 years ago, just after the last ice age. The reason for the woolly mammoth’s mainland demise is still debated, but hunting by o

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