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Re: Bringing Back Mammoths (was Dinosaur Mating Displays)

Quoting Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>:

Quoting Raptorial Talon <raptorialtalon@gmail.com>:

That said, being able to study a living, behaving member of a species
that was extinct before written records has to be considered a major
scientific opportunity.

Technically speaking, mammoths survived well into recorded history. The youngest known
mammoth remains were found on Wrangel Island, and may be as recent as 3700 years old.

Of course it's likely there was no-one around to see them and write about them.

There were certainly people around in the Siberian high arctic 3700 years ago (presumably including ancestors of the Yukaghir and the Chukchi), and there is evidence of human settlement on Wrangel Island approximately contemporaneous with the last mammoths (Dikov, N. N. (1988). "The Earliest Sea Mammal Hunters of Wrangell Island". Arctic Anthropology 25 (1): 80?93).

But no, they wouldn't have had writing.

Nicholas J. Pharris