Extinctions of Mammoth Proportions

Scientists are considering the relationship of extinctions between woolly mammoths and human groups. That may seem like a waste of time at first glance, but the genetic research has provided some interesting results regarding inbreeding (or interbreeding, definition 2). This is especially significant in isolated populations.

Interesting news on wooly mammoth DNA, their extinction, and how it relates to ancient human populations.

It seems that even though there were many woolly mammoths roaming the Northern Hemisphere, they mysteriously became extinct. After examining their DNA (no, don't be expecting cloned mammoths at the zoo), comparisons were made with human populations. Inbreeding is bad for offspring that may survive.

"But Cowboy Bob, that's how the earth was populations back with Adam and Eve, then Noah and his family!"

This is important, so let's take a ride on this here side trail for a spell.

Biblical creationists believe that the Bible is true from the very first verse and also the part where God declared that everything was very good (Gen. 1:31). That includes genes, cells, and what have you. Such breeding was necessary, even after the Genesis Flood (post-Flood population genetics is far beyond the scope of this post, but you can learn about that here). Eventually, God prohibited incest in Leviticus 18:6-18, presumably because of the state of genetic entropy. Inbreeding in the British and other royal families has led to disastrous results.

Critics of the Bible and especially of biblical creation science ignore those essential aspects of creation models for the purposes of ridicule. Interesting that they clam up about Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin marrying their first cousins. The Einsteins had no children, and the Darwin breeding was less than successful. 

Now we're back to the main road.

It appears that mammoth populations became isolated, and genetic studies show the results of inbreeding. The research can likely be applied to other animals and to humans, so we can rule out global warming and the Wuhan Virus.
Wooly mammoths once roamed North America, northern Europe, and Siberia. Possibly the last of their kind perished as a dwindling population on Wrangel Island, northeast of Siberia. Who wouldn’t wonder why wooly mammoths no longer roam our planet? The process of gathering clues to their extinction can evoke the same feelings found in good mystery novels. New research into ancient DNA gives another solid clue toward two old culprit theories of demise that may apply to people as well as to mammoths.
For centuries, ice sheets during the Ice Age held sea level to around 250 feet lower than it is today. Back then, you could walk to the land we now call Wrangel Island. It was a high point along a land strip that connected Siberia to northern Alaska. Ice melted, sea levels rose, and the mammoths got stranded, possibly for millennia. Can genes from frozen mammoth DNA, along with clues from geography, help solve the mystery of their ultimate demise?
You can finish reading this very interesting article by clicking on "Mammoth Extinction and Extinct Peoples". Also of interest is a lecture by Dr. Robert Carter, "Ancient DNA and the Bible".

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