Scientists Learn Wrong Lesson From Jurassic Park, Try To Bring Back Woolly Mammoth


“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” These are the words that Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) famously said to John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) in “Jurassic Park.” He was talking about scientists playing God in the context of a dinosaur theme park. They had cloned the dinos from DNA found in fossilized mosquitos. You remember the guy holding up the amber chunk, staring into it, saying in Spanish, “Que lindo eres?”

Something like that is closer to becoming a reality thanks to Colossal’s Woolly Mammoth project. Looking at the Mammoth page on the company’s website, it’s full of surreal statements like, “We have the DNA, the technology, and the leading experts in the field. Next, we will have the Woolly Mammoth. Alive again.” And, “This core value cannot be overstated: the Woolly Mammoth is a vital defender of the Earth.”

Seriously, how have we managed to survive this long without the Woolly Mammoth to defend us? I demand my own Woolly Mammoth. I’d like it to be genetically modified so that I can ride it in the desert sand and imagine that I’m on the back of a Bantha, living my best “Star Wars” fantasy. At the very least, I’d like to see a live-action redo of the “Ice Age” movies, with Ray Romano reprising his voice role as the Mammoth, Manfred, or “Manny.”

As Colossal says, “May prehistory thunder forward.”



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