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2 Feb 2012
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To celebrate Mammoth Week, we've got a copy of Sharon Levy's book Once & Future Giants: What Ice Age Extinctions tell us about the Fate of Earth's Largest Animals to give away! Email your response to the question below to and our favourite, most creative answer will win!

Question: If you could bring back one extinct animal, what would it be and why?

And we're still running our animals-only Where in the COSMOS? competition, so send a photo of an animal reading an issue of COSMOS magazine to for your chance to win one of three TINTIN - The Complete Collection DVDs. The three winning photos will also feature in an upcoming issue of the magazine!

And congratulations to Sylvie Constantine and Gregory Savage - you've each won a copy of the PUSH DVD from last week's competition!


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SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN FOCUS: Don’t miss our special COSMOS guide exploring the science, innovation and engineering developments in South Australia, a state brimming with capacity in R&D, training and careers. Rich in mineral wealth, SA has a strong focus on engineering, IT, food science, environment, mining, defence and astronomy. This 7-page special looks at career success stories, key technology areas, green initiatives, hot topics and more, mapping the best the festival state has to offer. Go here for more info.


what is a mammoth

~ Becky Crew

COSMOS Special: Mammoth Week

Last month, a group of scientists from the Sakha Republic's mammoth museum in Russia and the Kinki University in Japan finally announced the launch of a project we've been hearing about for years - an attempt to resurrect a woolly mammoth using cloning technology.

While it might seem like quite a stretch, the team is confident that one of these extinct pachyderms will be brought back to life by 2017, so what better opportunity to wallow in all things mammoth? This week we interview mammoth experts, investigate extinction theories, ponder the possibility of living alongside mammoths once again and explore the variety of species, from the demure pygmy mammoth to the colossal Columbian mammoth.

But first up, here's a collection of mammoth articles from Cosmos Online that sees them unearthed, auctioned and potentially cloned, amid investigations into whether or not humans are to blame for their ultimate demise.


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The mammoth experiment

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Columbian mammoth factfile

Risky behaviour by adolescent Columbian mammoths proved fatal, causing them to slip into the deadly hot springs of South Dakota.
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A mammoth rundown

Mammoths are one of the largest known mammal species to ever inhabit the Earth, and have been found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Here's an overview of all the species that have so far been discovered.
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Mammoth movie madness

As part of COSMOS' Mammoth Week, Jenna searches for the best movies that involve mammoths.
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Renae looks at the advantages and disadvantages of bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life.


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Probing ancient DNA

Evolutionary biologist Jeremy Austin studies ancient DNA to answer the big questions.
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Unravelling mammoth blood

Alan Cooper has spent his career using DNA to investigate the evolutionary mysteries that have left others puzzled, such as how mammoths survived in such frigid environments.


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Are you worried about solar storms?
Yes, they could have a huge effect if they knock out the Earth's electricity
No, it seems very unlikely that our electricity will be knocked out by one
Maybe, but there's nothing we can do about it

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