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A new goal for cloning technology

Frozen woolly mammoth bodies have been discovered, surely a few cells here and there exist in those corpses that could be the subject of cloning attempts, imagine vast ranches raising woolly mammoths for human consumption. Clearly, if they wern't real tasty they wouldn't have been hunted to extinction in the first place.

Furthermore, I propose that all efforts be made to revive the next frozen cave man that is found, in order to be the challenger in an Iron Chef special: Battle Woolly Mammoth.
-- JakePatterson, Feb 24 2002

BBC report mentions mammoth cloning
BBC reporter Robert Piggot mentions mammoth cloning in this report. No mention of eating them though. [dare99, Feb 24 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

A quick search discovers: http://www.andrewgr...essays/recreate.htm
"They are so well preserved that wolves often eat their flesh, and there is a report of scientists once being offered mammoth steak at a banquet! The Siberians regard them as "ice moles" <...> They simply cannot believe that such a fresh carcass could be tens of thousands of years and belong to a species that is no longer alive on Earth. Early zoologists also had trouble believing that the woolly mammoth was extinct." [StarChaser, Feb 25 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

The M82A1
The soon to be fashionable hunting rifle, if anyone bakes this. [Madcat, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Uhhh, what evidence do you have that they were *hunted* to extinction?
-- seal, Feb 24 2002

No more evidence, seal, then anyone else, but the "overkill" theory is one of the two leading ones, the other being climate change.
-- JakePatterson, Feb 24 2002

They're already trying to clone a mammoth.
-- StarChaser, Feb 24 2002

we have sheep why do we need mammoths?
-- po, Feb 24 2002

Think its cold in ice … try being in stone.

Why would a predeath revival grudge match provide more entertainment than arena wrestling?
-- reensure, Feb 24 2002

Mammoth meat might be an expensive novelty, but it's not going to replace cows and pigs, which are specially designed to produce lots of meat very quickly with the minimum amount of care. Mammoths are too big to be good for farming (I don't think anyone kills elephants for meat).
-- pottedstu, Feb 24 2002

When frozen mammoths are found, they're often hacked up for steaks. Even ten thousand years old, they seem to be edible.
-- StarChaser, Feb 24 2002

Star, you have to be kidding. Even I don't get THAT hungry.
-- po, Feb 24 2002

Peter said:"*I* did this one before. (Removed it after the boring people who cry Baked at the drop of a hat pointed out it had been done.)"

Did anybody else start laughing out loud at this?

Po; no, I'm not. Inky blinky linky. The usual way I'd heard it was railroad workers on the Trans-Siberian Railway finding them and hacking them up for 'fresh' meat.
-- StarChaser, Feb 25 2002

Would you care to try the "Woolly Bully", madame? It's our mammoth rib and Black Angus roast combo.
-- waugsqueke, Feb 25 2002

nice link Star, no ref to eating them though, was there? I read it might quickly though.
-- po, Feb 25 2002

I would think that a mammoth would smell nearly as bad as a musk-ox; couldn't imagine the meat would taste all that good. Just imagine trying to bathe one? Perhaps one of those power-washers...
-- RayfordSteele, Feb 25 2002

Err...po, did you read the text I put under it? "and there is a report of scientists once being offered mammoth steak at a banquet! "
-- StarChaser, Feb 25 2002

I think it could happen.. know a local restaraunt that has real buffalo burgers on the menu, more expensive than beef naturally but it ain't outrageous. Might be expensive to raise mammoths, but there's a lot of meat on one mammoth. And I imagine they'd make a fair amount of profit in ivory products as well.
-- Corona688, Dec 07 2002

Most animals turn out not to be domesticable. And anyway, one of the attractive things about sheep, say, is that if one or two run amok you don't need to evacuate any cities or anything.
-- Monkfish, Dec 08 2002

Actually elephants, though not entirely domestic, are acceptably controllable. Mammoths might not be all that different. Anyway, if you could "free range" the things, maybe in Alaska, it wouldn't really be that important to domesticate them anyway. You could hunt them with helicopters and Anti-Materiel rifles.
-- Madcat, Nov 22 2003

How bout a Snark instead ? Then all the halfbakers could join in The Hunting of the Snark !
-- riskyrisk, Nov 23 2003

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