Ice-Age Theme Park Less Than 10 Years Away
First off - I thought we all decided that Jurassic Park was a cautionary tale, not an instruction manual. The Michael Crichton book from 1990, and subsequent 1993 worldwide movie phenomenon, attempted to teach us the very specific lesson that bringing back long-extinct creatures is a bad idea. I guess the literature and movies from 20+ years ago hasn't made it to Russia just yet.
Fox News is reporting that Russian, South Korean and Japanese scientists have been working together to resurrect long gone species through DNA recovery and cloning. The aim is to bring back a wide array of Pleistocene-era animals - like the Woolly Mammoth. The plans for this "Ice Age Park" seem to real - and less than 10 years away from becoming a reality.
The work is reportedly already underway in secret labs, deep in the Yakutia, Siberia area of Russia. Scientists there are working with the extremely well preserved DNA of the gigantic elephant ancestors, deadly cave lions, ancient horses, and other prehistoric animals. The unique properties of Siberia's permafrost has yielded several near-pristine specimens to work with.
According to the Siberian Times, a new center for this research will be based at Russia’s Northern-Eastern Federal University in order to "study extinct animals from living cells — and to restore such creatures as the woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, cave lion and breeds of long-gone horses”,