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Scientists Glean Clues from Ancient Mammoth Hair

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Scientists Glean Clues from Ancient Mammoth Hair

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Scientists Glean Clues from Ancient Mammoth Hair

Scientists Glean Clues from Ancient Mammoth Hair

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DNA from 25,000-year-old fossil mammoth hair may provide clues about how the creatures lived and died. Image courtesy of A. Sher, F. Shidlovskiy, Ice Age Museum, Moscow hide caption

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Image courtesy of A. Sher, F. Shidlovskiy, Ice Age Museum, Moscow

DNA from 25,000-year-old fossil mammoth hair may provide clues about how the creatures lived and died.

Image courtesy of A. Sher, F. Shidlovskiy, Ice Age Museum, Moscow

A research team has managed to extract DNA from a strand of ancient mammoth hair. What can the findings tell us about how mammoths lived? Can the technique be used to learn more about other prehistoric animals? Guests discuss the life and death of the mammoth.