Mammoth Memory

Results of new methods of testing

Scientists have studied animals and their fossils but now also use analysis of protein sequence data and DNA sequence data for more accurate analysis. Scientists compared elephant DNA bases with that of mammoths.

A chart comparing protein sequences of mammoths and elephants DNA

They used these techniques along with accurate carbon dating of mammoths frozen in permafrost. This improved the accuracy of classifying evolutionary relationships.

An image of a 30000 year old mammoth found in permafrost

It is now known that orcas (killer whales) and cows share a common ancestor, while the hyrax and elephant also share a common ancestor.

Orcas and cows share a common ancestry, hyrax and elephants have a similar ancestry

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