Skip to comments.Protein from Bones of 600,000-Year-Old Mammoth Extracted Successfully
Posted on 06/14/2011 4:30:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Using an ultra-high resolution mass spectrometer, bio-archaeologists were able to produce a near complete collagen sequence for the West Runton Elephant, a Steppe Mammoth skeleton which was discovered in cliffs in Norfolk in 1990. The remarkable 85 per cent complete skeleton -- the most complete example of its species ever found in the world -- is preserved by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service in Norwich. Bio-archaeologist Professor Matthew Collins, from the University of York's Department of Archaeology, said: "The time depth is absolutely remarkable... We believe protein lasts in a useful form ten times as long as DNA which is normally only useful in discoveries of up to 100,000 years old in Northern Europe. The implications are that we can use collagen sequencing to look at very old extinct animals. It also means we can look through old sites and identify remains from tiny fragments of bone." ...The collagen sequencing was carried out at the Centre for Excellence in Mass Spectrometry at the University of York and is arguably the oldest protein ever sequenced; short peptides (chains of amino acids) have controversially been reported from dinosaur fossils.
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We will need to resurrect the extinct mammoth what with the approaching ice age....
We can toss endangered species lists and regulations.
One protein sequence down - 30,000 to go!
Heh. Will they be livestock in Arkansas: long-nosed hogs?
I know you sent this to my attention to get my usual rant on mammoth stories, but I ain’t gonna do it.
Everyone should know by now that my prophecy that scientists would clone mammoths is coming true and in our lifetime the Great Plains will be overrun.
A prophet is not without honor except on Free Republic’s GGG.
;’) Dang, yer gooood.