Real-Life Jurassic Park as Scientists Confident of Cloning Extinct STONE AGE Creature

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

CLONE: The perfectly-preserved body was found in the Batagai depression in Yakutia (Pic: The Siberian Times)

JURASSIC Park got a little bit closer to reality today with news that scientists are ‘confident' of cloning a 42,000 year old extinct species.

The ginger-coloured foal died when it was just one or two weeks old, some time during the late Stone Age, around 42,170 years ago (PHOTO).

But its body has been perfectly preserved in near perfect condition in Siberian permafrost, and scientists are optimistic that they will obtain enough genetic material to clone the animal and bring its extinct species back to life.

MUMMY: A Yakut horse is one of the contenders to act as surrogate to the cloned creature (Pic: Getty)

The joint Russian-South Korean research team is led by South Korean cloning expert Professor Hwang Woo-suk, who is also closely involved in efforts to revive the woolly mammoth using cells taken from features preserved in the Siberian ice.

The foal is an example of the cold-resistant Lenskaya breed which died out some 4,000 years ago.

"Researchers are confident of success of the project," said a source at the North East Federal University in Yakutsk - the world’s coldest city - which is hosting the work, reports The Siberian Times .

"The attempts will continue until the end of April this year.”

PRECEDENT: The experiment could pave the way for the reintroduction of the woolly mammoth (Pic: The Siberian Times)

Work is so advanced that the team are already selecting a surrogate mother for the ancient horse.

Russian researcher Dr Lena Grigoryeva said: "There are seven researchers involved in the project on the Korean side and everyone is positive about the outcome."

She said that once successfully cloned, the embryo will be implanted in a Korean horse.

"The Korean horse will fit in perfectly," she said. "They have been used in cloning for a while and the technology is mastered to perfection.

"Besides, the Korean horse is quite ancient too.

"It is a successor of Mongolian horse."

INTERNATIONAL: The team is a collaboration between Korean and Russian scientists (Pic: The Siberian Times)

Another option under consideration is to use a Yakut horse - a breed native to eastern Siberia which succeeded the Lenskaya species.

Yakut horses are a hardy breed which can survive temperatures as low as minus 60ºC.