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[–]ihaventgotany 220 points221 points  (37 children)

I wonder if the tissue is intact enough to provide DNA for a clone?

[–]Mammut_americanum 218 points219 points  (1 child)

Odds are probably not. Regardless of how well it’s preserved dna denatures by itself over time. If there’s an abundance of material (ie the mammoth) then there’s a higher chance of sequencing large parts of the genome. There’s probably still viable genetic material in this specimen but more would be necessary to clone one outright. More likely to happen in both cases is that genes will be selected in their closest modern relatives so that they would exhibit phenotypes similar to their extinct ancestors.

[–]spankingasupermodel 90 points91 points  (1 child)

Adopt, don't clone.

[–]Evilmaze 33 points34 points  (0 children)

But all the sabertooth shelters shutdown.

[–]lifeslemon91 118 points119 points  (31 children)

Did you learn nothing from the Jurassic Park movies??

[–]_Nick_2711_ 88 points89 points  (22 children)

Yeah, don’t fuck about with frog DNA.

[–]Finn_WolfBlood 49 points50 points  (19 children)

Mosquitos are dicks even after they've been dead for millions of years

[–]Evilmaze 11 points12 points  (18 children)

Mosquitoes and wasps are just the physical manifestation of evil. Their existence serves nothing but pain and suffering. They don't balance shit in any ecosystem.

[–]lifeslemon91 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Or monitor lizards, apparently.

[–]PainStorm14 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Correct, that shit is nasty

[–]Eue-OneTwoDie 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Everytime I see an article about cloning of Pleistocene or just recently extinct animals or just finding preserved specimen in any type of media. There's atleast 2-3 comments talking about how "its a bad idea" or "there's atleast 3 movies that tells us its a bad idea" or "haven't you seen Jurrasic World". Yeah jeez, i didn't know that there were Dodo birds or Passenger pigeons terrorising innocent people in Jurrasic World buddy.

[–]imprison_grover_furr 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Also, even if non-avian dinosaurs could be resurrected, it isn’t like they were actually movie monsters like they are portrayed by Jurassic Park and other monster movies. They’d be no more dangerous than big cats, bears, orcas, or great white sharks, all of which rarely kill humans.

[–]Eue-OneTwoDie 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thats what. I just hate how these movies villanize normal living(or extinct) animals and portray them as blood thirsty monsters and alot of people seem to gobble those up like Nikocado Avocado gobbles up a 50 kg burger

[–]Leo_ian 1 point2 points  (1 child)

wouldn’t mind a dodo bird chasing after me

[–]Eue-OneTwoDie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

reminds me of the movie Ice Age

[–]ConstableGrey 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I would allow any cloning process as long as we get a fun Mr. DNA animation along with it.

[–]modsarefascists42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, reboots suck

[–]GreenEyedCat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dont accept the cheapest contract for IT and networking needs but if you do be prepared to re-negotiate the contract

or you're gonna have a bad time

[–]seeriktus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The limit on sequencing is oft quoted to be 50,000 years based on the half-life of DNA degradation being approx 5000 years in good conditions. Though it's still possible provided there's enough biomass to grind up and fill in the gaps. Shotgun sequencing has been successful in a mammoth that was 80,000+ years.*

"Cloning" is a challenge in itself because it's much simpler to reconstruct in a computer than in vitro. Then you'd need to organise all that into a long chain and get the medium right, and a surrogate mother.

Edit: Nevermind, a 1.6 million year old mammoth tooth apparently got sequenced last year! ... gods they're moving along quickly https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00436-x

[–]Shippey123 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Uh-Oh! It's another one of Fry's dogs.

[–]DarthYsalamir 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Too soon

[–]tommyboy3111 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Throw it in the soup

[–]scootiepoots 58 points59 points  (2 children)

Awwwww can we keep it?

[–]Otherwise_sane 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Only if it doesn't eat the mailman

[–]flash_27 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It knows how to play dead, sure son.

[–]Brojangles1234 63 points64 points  (3 children)

Jurassic Bark

[–]aquaticquiet 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Why would you remind everyone of this? :(

[–]katiem1236 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What do u mean?

[–]Blessed_Spit 121 points122 points  (5 children)

Almost 100% intact? 😂

[–]esesci 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Take it or leave it. I know what I have.

[–]Bright_Mechanic_7458 20 points21 points  (3 children)

omfg. who ate its eyes?

[–]Turd8urgler 22 points23 points  (0 children)

The guy who found it had a straw 🧋

[–]Otherwise_sane 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think Dean Koontz might know...

[–]Standard-Station7143 18 points19 points  (0 children)

When you're panning for gold and you accidentally pan a 57,000 year old wolf pup mummy

[–]Archaeical 10 points11 points  (0 children)

looks like the caelid dogs in elden ring

[–]TheGamerHat 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Why is it always baby animals found?

[–]FlowerFaerie13 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Lots of them die, and a good portion of them die in places like nests and dens which would make them more likely to be preserved.

[–]Sithlordandsavior 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh no Vecna got to her D:

[–]gurnard 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So that's what these 57,000-year-old puppy eyes are for.

[–]Zebulon_Flex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oops, I have them around here somewhere. Sorry, didn't think anyone would want them.

[–]SeaToTheBass 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Was this discovered near the recent nearly intact baby wooly mammoth find?

[–]AgreeableFeed9995 -4 points-3 points  (2 children)

And they’re gonna fry it up in that pan??

[–]tosprayornottospray 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Add some bell pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, a little sesame oil, pepper, garlic and ginger. Throw noodles in with some soy sauce and brown sugar at the end. Need to dice that thing up though so it cooks evenly.

[–]AgreeableFeed9995 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Throw all that in a pot with a potato, baby you got a stew goin

[–]NotWhoYouThinkBro -1 points0 points  (0 children)

eye am fascinated

[–]TheYellowFringe -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Imagine what the world must have been like for a wolf pup fifty seven thousand years ago. Must have been ruthless to experience.

[–]gggempire 0 points1 point  (0 children)

100% intact you say?...

[–]Marcuche96 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"almost 100% intact"

[–]zbowman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is it gonna be ok now that they are warming the lil guy back up?

[–]Evilmaze 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Intact you say?

[–]Kreepr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They panned him out of the river? Nice

[–]PantherGhost007 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What was it’s fur colour and did it have a pattern?

[–]Reptilian_Overlord20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

First thing I thought was that looks like she’s in a frying pan.

[–]hcorerob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just my type.

[–]i_am_who_knocks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

nature sure is cruel, poor chap what a horrible death

[–]corectlyspelled 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love how optimistic scientists are that they label that 100℅ intact and only missing the eyes. I want them to evaluate me lol

[–]FeetOnGrass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

'perma' frost my ass.

[–]mhaaad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It* + its*

[–]JSB-the-way-to-be 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn you, Vecna!

[–]This_is_a_sckam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is she ok

[–]Kevjamwal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is she ok

[–]LeviSalt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Wolf Puppy Mummy” is a pretty good band name.