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DNA points to climate in mammoth whodunit

A new analysis of ancient mammoth DNA backs climate as the main culprit in their extinction, partially exonerating paleolithic human hunters.

Jun 15, 2007

Author:Hilary Jones
Media: Cosmos online
Date: June 2007

DNA extracted from the remains of woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) suggests that a trend of decreasing genetic diversity had already taken hold prior to the onslaught of human hunting, according to research revealed today in the journal Current Biology.

DNA points to climate in mammoth whodunit - Cosmos online