Sunday, July 09, 2006

DNA Shocker: some wooly mammoths were blond


DNA analysis has proven all our childhood museum visits viewing mammoths sporting only dark coats were a fraud.

Pravda

By examining DNA extracted from a mammoth bone frozen in Siberian permafrost and comparing it with sequences from other mammoth remains, researchers have concluded that the wooly creatures probably carried two versions of Mc1r, a gene whose protein product helps determine hair color in several mammals, including humans, mice, horses and dogs...

If the mammoth gene works the same way that it does for humans and other mammals, the lighter animals might have had yellow or reddish hair, while the dark ones might have been black or brown.

3 comments:

MikeT said...

Makes you wonder if their females had the same rate of intellectual prowess as our blondes.

mark said...

Good piece I wrote an article about Woolly mamoths a month or so ago.

Purple Avenger said...

Mark,

Every so often I cruise Pravda just because there will be some interesting stuff like this. You just have to sort through the B.S. (alien abductions, UFO's, etc) to find the gems.

I think Pravda has kind of become the Russian version of Weekly World News. 95% batshit crazy, 5% facinating.