Mammoth skin found by Yakutian scientists may become material for attempted cloning

The Northern Oikumena expedition of Northeastern Federal University has found six mammoth skeletons and mammoth skin on the Lyakhovsky Islands, the University press service said on Oct. 8.

The Northern Oikumena expedition of Northeastern Federal University has found six mammoth skeletons and mammoth skin on the Lyakhovsky Islands, the University press service said on Oct. 8.

"We are mostly interested in using the skin in Project Mammoth Revival, as our Korean colleagues believe that skin is the best material for attempted cloning by extraction of viable cells," the report said.

It said the scientists had found six mammoth skeletons and a tusk of a pygmy mammoth, which was no more than two meters tall.

The Northern Oikumena expedition was held in the lower reaches of the Yana River. The explorations focused on the Bolshoi Lyakhovsky Island where numerous exhibits were collected. The research was done in the period from August 11 till September 29, 2015. The Russian Geographical Society provided a 2 million ruble grant for the works.

The purpose of Project Mammoth Revival is to boost paleontological studies and to develop international cooperation in the exploration of mammoth fauna.

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