December 30, 2010

Were Yukon's Woolly Mammoths Good Moms?

Recent woolly mammoth research indicates that woolly mammoths of the Yukon region babied their little woollies considerably longer than other species. Why, it's plum sweet, the coziness of it all! And of course, every mom of any species thinks her baby is as cute as a bunny button.

Well, aren't they?

Not as sweet or cute, however, may be this, your last installment of my Odes to a Woolly Mammoth until after the dawning of the New Year 2011!

Revive a woolly mammoth?
it's an idea rather super
but who will muster courage up
to act as pooper-scooper?

jc 2010

Hope to see you on the other side of 2011 when I shall report on the results of this blog's Woolly Mammoth poll, upper right. jc

By then you may be interested in watching this:

December 28, 2010

Did vegetables kill the Neanderthal?

Of course not, silly! Broccoli is relatively harmless, squash never squashes anything, and most carrots are our BFF.

Yet to quote yesterday's BBC News report, "Researchers in the US have found grains of cooked plant material in their teeth."

That would be plant materials found in Neanderthal teeth, not between the researchers' moofies. (You can be so silly sometimes!) Therefore, the old major-meat-eating model for Neanderthals isn't as scientifically based as previously thought.

'Twas something of an erroneous assumption, turns out, so you may wish to read more about the new study at BBC News where you'll view an artistic portrait of a buff Neanderthal fellow pictured in all his hairy glory.

However, please do stop chomping your veggies long enough to get thee ready for the next Ode to a Woolly Mammoth so recently inspired by the new Vegan Neanderthal discovery:

Neanderthals are turning up
with veggies in their teeth
if woolly mammoths walk again
they're sure to share a beef.

jc 2010

Wishing Happy New Year to all you fans of the Neanderthal and devotees of the Woolly Mammoth...I drink a bubbly toast to you!


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December 24, 2010

On Kids' Books about Woolly Mammoths

Imagine my surprise when moseying about the Net to find a children's book about a bunch of woolly mammoths. The Little Pink Book of the Woolly Mammoth tells a tale of desperate mammoths and ice floes and...well, check out the very woolly adventure!

Yes, there may be more such books about woollies yet even so, I want to publish a Woolly Mammoth Chronicles book of poems and drawings. If it's managed, you'll see the book announced here for certain.

Plus, I am proud to announce that this blog has now garnered TWO Followers - woot! The lovely Scottish astrologer Anne Whitaker has joined our woolly mammoth throng and though Anne is covered over with snow and ice at the moment (they're having a snowy Christmas 2010 across Europe), I hope she'll soon be thawed like an unfrozen caveman lawyer (SNL) and ready for the New Year.

So you may wish to check out the writings of both WMC's Followers (including Georgia author Donny Seagraves) by clicking on their Follow avatars in the sidebar. It is warmly recommended.

Oh! You were expecting one of my Odes to a Woolly Mammoth, hmm? Well, since it's the Christmas season, it would be selfish of me not to grant you your wish...

i've no idea what woollies eat
just after being cloned
perhaps Thai take-out from a diner
scientists have phoned.

jc 2010

Okay, now I'm feelin' peckish for more sugar cookies and a swig o'eggnog...

December 23, 2010

Time to Celebrate! (while Woolly Mammoths sleep)

As of today, 81% of voters in this blog's woolly mammoth poll (sidebar, upper right) have been of the persuasion that the great woolly mammoth should stay sleeping, God willing. Yet there are 7 days left in which to vote so please register your opinion however and as you wish!

Also, you'll find a 'prosecute Julian Assange for treason?' poll in the sidebar of Stars Over Washington, if you desire to weigh in on this heated topic. Poll results will be blogged upon at the start of the New Year.

Well, today is December 23rd so 2010's Holiday Season has set in for good around WMC (until it's over in the New Year) so I'll simply publish a drawing and one of my Odes to a Woolly Mammoth which expresses my personal misgivings over Science's potential mammoth cloning...and let that do for now:

The thought of woolly mammoths
makes my brain go all a-tingle
if they return i hope they wear
wide collars with a jingle.

jc 2010

Have a good one, Everyone! Jude

Celebrate!, a drawing by Jude Cowell.

December 17, 2010

LOE: cache of fossil treasures found in Colorado!

Ice Age Mastodons and Woolly Mammoths may be among the glorious throng of fossils found in Colorado which places Spring 2011's promise of easier and exciting excavations on the soon-to-do list!

(Click above to read or listen to this Dec 2010 Living On Earth feature.)

So how about one of my silly Odes to a Woolly Mammoth while you're about the place? Won't take but a mo...

Genetics of the woolly mammoth
may be quite exalted
but if they rise and run amok
proud Science will be faulted.

jc 2010

And that's the truth! ;p


Blog Note: there are only 11 days left in which to answer the Woolly Mammoth poll, upper right so please do weigh in on the cloning topic asap, if and as you wish! jc

Well, I'll be a cloned monkey's uncle! Or a tadpole

Do you know what the very first cloned animal was? 'Twas a little ole tadpole way back in 1952!

Why, you could've blown me over with a feather-duster when I saw that tidbit and remembered it vaguely for it occurred a little before my personal memory kicked in but I heard the news later in the 1950s and '60s, of course. Tad the Tadpole (not really his name, as far as I know) couldn't have had a very long life, could he?

His Frogginess may never have had a chance to savor the presented opportunity to know the sweet joy of hopping over swimming. This means that a major environmental stage of growth was skipped over during his physical development (rather callously, I might add) by Science feelin' its social-tinkering oats. And the unusual tadpole-cloning experiment was attempted quite early in the historical and scientific processes, too. Pioneering!

1952 and 1953 were years of Great Conjunction/s of Saturn (Science; traditional methods; tests) and inspired, creative Neptune, planet of the water the little tadpoles and froggies love to cavort in...and the universal muse behind our collectively shared 'urge to merge' with the Divine Source.

Well, in Memory of little Tad, below you'll find two Odes to a Woolly Mammoth to celebrate - not his death (or is it re-death?) - but Tad's life of service dedicated to the scientific community's race to stand in the place of God (as if!)

In fact, just yesterday I heard on NPR of a new book by astronomer and thinker Stephen Hawking and his assertion that God is no longer 'needed' to create the universe, or some such Scrooge-like attitude...right here at Christmas, too!

The article's poll concerning the matter is closed now so it's too late for me to vote to say Hawking is 'wrong'; therefore, I'm posting my opinion here to put it on record somewhere in the Universe...a vote for God's continued, never-wavering supremacy vs the echoes of pride, ego, and arrogance bouncing about within the noggin of one 'mad' scientist, hyper-intelligent though he be!

Incoming Odes have arrived...

i dreamed i saw a woolly mammoth
stomping down my street
the scientists who brought him back
had rinsed him to repeat.

One day we'll ride a woolly mammoth
hope he doesn't jerk us
he'll be an ace at doing tricks
performing in the circus.

jc 2010

You be good now, ya hear? Because Santa Claus is coming to town, as legend goes! Actually, tonight is December 17th and Santa's sleigh may have left the North Pole already!



Blog Note: a general Science Links list has just been added to this blog's sidebar but there's only one site listed so far (therefore, it's not a list yet!)

Already there is the Human Genome Project which I am not personally recommending at all, but just passing the link along for your consideration and convenience. jc


Update Dec 17, 2010 9:02 pm est: this bit probably belongs with a headline all its own, even on this gnat of a science-y/poem-y blog - anyway, today the Obama administration finally released its long-awaited touting of (the elusive concept of) scientific integrity.

Therefore, if anyone working in or helming endeavors of the various related scientific industries (along with the appropriate Washington politicians) can manage to find some o'that at this juncture, society would be much better served than it has been in the past, and 99% of the global population would be most appreciative if you'd quit monkeying with us, you little rascally, money-grabbing Frankensteins, you.

Thank You.

December 13, 2010

Of Quantum Cloning,Woolly Mammoths, and Queen

Woot! The University of Rochester has published an interesting page explaining quantum cloning if you're curious.

But if that's a bit dry for a Monday, perhaps you're curious to read two of last night's newly penned Odes to a Woolly Mammoth:

Old woolly mammoth had great size
though now he's rather thin
some fossils and a hank of hair
are all that's left of him.

i do not want a woolly mammoth
would not want to be one
if Science brings the creature back
excuse me while i flee one.

jc 2010
And now, since Dr. Frankenstein used lightening to 're-animate' his monster, here's a 2 1/2 minute video presentation of Vancouver fireworks during a lightening storm, July 2009, set to Queen's Who Wants to Live Forever?, a perfect sentiment for any extinct woolly mammoth who, though he rocked the Earth some 10,000 years ago, never asked to be brought back to life!

December 11, 2010

Two fresh 'Odes to a Woolly Mammoth'!

Now isn't this woolly-mammoth-elephant cloning project just about 10,000 years too late? I ask you.

And why would any self-respecting woolly mammoth of olden days want to kindle his deep desire to give new meaning to the phrases 'past life' and 'reincarnation'? Especially since our world is considerably hotter than when he left his.

Where's a good Ice Age Theme Park massive enough to accomodate a large and lonely, disoriented and GM'd woolly mammoth after he's brought back to life? Even woollies can become bored, y'know.

Oh well. This is where I sigh heavily and start typing two fresh Odes to a Woolly Mammoth for you. It's also the moment I advise you that a Woolly Mammoth Chronicles book is on the drafting's hoping I manage to take this project to its conclusion and that you like the result!

But first I must teach myself to draw a woolly mammoth in some sort of style of my own...

Reconstituting woolly mammoths
isn't very sage
who'd want them running all about
escaping from their cage?

The tundra where a mammoth roamed
was frozen and forbidden
and if i had my way their bones
would stay a secret hidden.

jc 2010

December 7, 2010

What's for din din? Nano-particled food!

(NaturalNews) – The scientific community has once again caught food-tampering fever. Recent reports indicate that food scientists are busy developing nanoparticle-modified (NM) food that could one day end up on your dinner plate — and you may never even know about it. By shifting around nanoparticles, food scientists say that fat-free foods can taste like full-fat foods, and they can be programmed to digest more slowly–two changes that some say may help reverse the obesity epidemic.

Read more... if it doesn't ruin your appetite.

Why, maybe some day, fake nano-particled, genetically modified food will help feed a ravenous, reconstituted woolly mammoth! Yet Science News isn't always good news, is it?

Even so, within these Woolly Mammoth Chronicles, Odes to a Woolly Mammoth just keep on keepin' is today's installment for you, a two-fer:

Oh wake thee not the woolly mammoth
sleeping as a fossil
though it might be a kick to pet
a creature so colossal!

Please don't return oh woolly mammoth
get your beauty rest
unless you want to be a freak
and world's worst dinner guest.

jc 2010

December 4, 2010

Dr Frankenstein and the Clone a Woolly Mammoth project

Enjoy Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, the trailer.

How long could I wait to post this? ;p

After all, if Mary Shelly's Dr. Frankenstein were alive today (pretend!), he'd probably be working in the forefront of the Clone a Woolly Mammoth project, don't you suppose?

Now here's a fresh Ode to a Woolly Mammoth to add to your scientific ponderings upon the matter:

When woolly mammoths used to roam
upon the earth so fertile
their super size required no diet
exercise or girdle.

jc 2010

You know, we're in the midst now of a Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces and at Aries Point, a World Point of manifestation and recognition. Their cycle of conjunctions always brings scientific breakthroughs and discoveries, and time the writing and publication of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, the discovery of America, our walk on the Moon, the cloning of Dolly the Sheep, and other notable events of the exploration persuasion.

You see, Uranus is electricity and progressive, futuristic Science (as partially discussed in my last post) and Jupiter expands and broadens whatever it touches or conjoins. Archetypally, it has to do with Uranus and Prometheus from which we get the phrase, Promethean Science (see trailer, above.)

Dr. Frankenstein stole fire in the form of electricity and thereby crossed a natural boundary not reserved for mere mortal. Well, he learned his lesson, it seems, in film and in the original novel...Prometheus Unbound didn't stay unbound for very long and even the monster's considerable tap dancing and singing skills couldn't adapt him to modern society. Or, the other way round.

So is the dream of cloning a woolly mammoth as far-fetched as it seems?

Who can say...?

But a woolly tap dancing? We probably shouldn't expect to see that any time soon...


Further Reading: a great reference book on the Jupiter/Uranus cycle is my friend Anne Whitaker's Jupiter Meets Uranus.

Note: please answer the Woolly Mammoth poll, upper right...won't take you but two shakes of a cloned lamb's tail! jc

December 3, 2010

Mysterious ebola-like illness appears in Uganda

Well, it's very saddening news and a potential threat to the global community as well that an ebola-like illness has appeared in Uganda and is now spreading across province borders.

My prayers wing to the good people of Uganda.

Yet no, this is not the usual fare here on Woolly Mammoth Chronicles, is it? If you've previously flounced about this blog of scientific news and Odes to a Woolly Mammoth, you know that the dark side of cloning a woolly mammoth is usually the limit of morbidity around here.

But since I happened across this disturbing news item of how things are going in Uganda and had not known of the situation before, it seemed a decent idea to share it with both readers of this science-y/poem-y blog, so future-gazing as it purports itself to be.

Of course, this blog constantly finds itself grasping on to tradition and caution with all its claw nails, for fear of the successful cloning of an ancient relic of tremendous size and stink (and sure to be, shall we say...a clone will be totally disoriented in those first moments of feeling that surge of Frankensteinian Life Force rush into its membranes. Mammoth Cloning Success will be a milestone in Science when another natural boundary is arrogantly crossed (such as with the splitting of the atom)...another Rubicon Moment for certain, if Science has its out-of-bounds way.

But enough! It's time to add another Ode to a Woolly Mammoth to our collection, and please, if you may, take a mo to join in answering the Woolly Mammoth poll, upper right...thanks!

My Odes are written tongue in cheek
tho' really they're sincere
if Science brings the woolly back
we'll all have much to fear.

jc 2010


Astro-Note: the Frankensteinian Life Force referred to implicates, of course, electricity and lightening, both of which issue from the realm of planet Uranus (originally Ouronos, the sky god.) In Astrology, Uranus reflects creative genius and the gift of the Spark of Life from our Creator!

And so with expansive Jupiter soon to rejoin quirky Uranus in one of their Great Conjunctions, Science is currently ensconced within an amazing 'breakthrough' phase of development...uh oh!

Read more of my Astrology stuff but mostly of a political kind...

December 2, 2010

Axolotl meets Woolly Mammoth?

As Science sassily attempts to crack the code of the limb-and-organ-regenerating *axolotl and thus leak its genetic secrets for the future benefit of human health, our Woolly Mammoth Chronicles blog lumbers on, with two new Odes for sharing today.

Once again, my personal misgivings over the cloning of a woolly mammoth peek through:

Oh scientist please leave alone
the woolly mammoth gene
don't bring back monsters from the past
in case they're really mean.

Can woolly mammoths coexist
with people and their pets?
if Fido ends up in their tums
that's cozy as it gets.

jc 2010

*the axolotl is a salamander found in Mexico; click article link to view a brief video starring the yellow fellow in a role he was born to play!

December 1, 2010

Of (cloned) Mice and Mammoths

Perhaps you remember this from 2008: Cloning 'resurrects' long-dead mice yet if you're at all like me, you're already wondering what to do about the uncloned mice running about the planet!

Yes, sometimes, when the weather turns very cold, little mousies may creep in, looking for marshmallows to toast by a warm fire...

But suddenly, I envision a resurrected, frightened woolly mammoth jumping up on a chair because a mouse escaped from his cage, oh dear. I suspect that a woolly won't care if the mouse is cloned or not - and perhaps he'll prove more courageous than I think, right?

Okay, let's not quibble over mice and mammoths but get on with a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth which is written just for you:

When woolly mammoths come to town
with thund'ring hooves upon the ground
'twill be a sight for eyes so sore
is THIS what DNA is for?

jc 2010

Dear Visitor: your opinion is valued here so please take a moment to answer my woolly mammoth poll, upper right. Thanks! jc

November 28, 2010

New Vietnamese Lizards w Old Woolly Mammoths

Good evening! Thanksgiving break is over so I've returned to the lab (this blog.) ;p

Tonight there's no tale of woolly mammoth cloning to tell yet there is a related news story: a previously unknown sort of lizard has been discovered in Vietnam and it's self-cloning!

Hope scientists won't leave a known self-cloner alone in the lab with a woolly mammoth fossil, or worse...a mammoth skeleton. After all, you wouldn't want your woolly to get fancy ideas before his scientific debut.

Now how do you do feel about adding two new Odes to a Woolly Mammoth to your collection? As if!

Oh woolly mammoth rest assured
your reputation's stellar
but if you bother me i'll want
to keep you in the cellar.

Whenever woolly mammoths come
into a conversation
their DNA reconstituted
causes a sensation.

jc 2010

Thanks for dropping by, and do pass on a woolly mammoth link to your friends if you dare!

November 22, 2010

Odes to a Woolly Mammoth: genome sequencing

Do you know that Scientific American has information on the genetic sequencing of the woolly mammoth along with other of his data which I doubt he'd want posted on his FaceBook wall?

There's a cool photo of a mammoth skeleton there as well but the pic won't make the best avatar for Mr. Woolly Mammoth, I'm thinking, should he ever join FB. Perhaps someone could PhotoShop the image for him, the poor old sot!

Now since my work and blogging week will be shorter than usual thanks to the holiday, I'll post 2 more Odes to a Woolly Mammoth now while I have the chance so you won't miss me as much ;p when I'm out of town with family, chowing down on you-know-what (not a woolly mammoth roast or steak, of course. Why, even extra cranberry sauce couldn't disguise and make that palatable!)

So here we go in spite of all indications to the contrary...

To party with a woolly mammoth
would be quite a trick
if scientists can pull it off
they'll be a Nobel pick.

Geneticists are publishing
their woolly mammoth scoop
but who will take them for their walks
and clean up all their poop?

jc 2010

Wonder if poop-scooping for a resurrected woolly mammoth will one day qualify as a 'green job'?

If you're here in America I do hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

November 21, 2010

The Uranian grooviness of Weird Science

Woot! Well, I am happy to report to you that the Woolly Mammoth Chronicles poll to your right, upper, is now adorned with a few readers' opinions! The tally shows that most people are partial to the 1st answer: Asleep as always, God willing.

Do you perchance agree?

My line of thought on the matter follows what Jeff Goldblum's character bespoke in
Jurassic Park: "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

Troubles are often self-created, aren't they? And not stopping to think if one should do something shows a lack of respect for the boundaries of natural law. The blow back such a fire-stealer experiences by way of unintended consequences and vengeful reactions from others can be crippling.

Perhaps moral considerations about cloning really are the key though many scientists often disagree with such an assessment. For accepting such precepts would place limits upon their actions and research experiments. Mankind does have boundary issues on so many levels, doesn't he? And arrogance within certain ivory towers of academia and in the research juggernaut of an industry is demonstrated by strong egos and iron wills the world over.

Some tend to act as laws-unto-themselves so why not bring to life a dead prehistoric beast? Or at least create some wounded semblance of it, empty shell though its enlivened carcass may turn out to be.

If you speak astrologese, this branch of endeavor would be signified by the electrical planet Uranus with its techno vibes and creative genius implications. Of course, Saturn is another planet associated with scientific endeavors, for a container (Saturn = form; boundaries) is always needed into which Uranus' creative genius (Plato's Ideal) may be poured into life and being. It's the Angel's 'pouring' gesture immortalized in the stars of the constellation Aquarius as the Water Bearer teaches us by modeling the archetype how not to spill a drop of the precious spirit of life!

And now I am proud to bring this to your notice: Woolly Mammoth Chronicles has garnered its first-ever Follower which is fabulous encouragement when one is blogging into the cyber-void where hollow echoes are so often a blogger's only reply. Thanks, Donny!

Well, let's proceed to a glance at 3 of my Odes to a Woolly Mammoth, okay? For when one Ode simply isn't enough, why not have yourself a little more?

No witch's spell can brew a clone
of woolly mammoth size
yet scientists may do just that
before our very eyes.

Don't fret you woolly mammoth you
stay sleeping in your cave
your time on Earth has long been past
though once you were a fave.

If woolly mammoths start to graze
upon your lawn so green
remember Science set them loose
like Doctor Frankenstein.

jc 2010

Now here's a link to a Science Daily article with a gaggle of links from recent years when woolly mammoth discoveries were happenin' fast. Several articles are linked in which we find that DNA was first sequenced in 2005; other notable milestones along the trail toward resurrecting the Big Guy back into the flux of space and time are included on an info-packed page.

Talk about feeling outdated and out of touch! Old Mammuthus primigenius 'resembles that remark' even as he haunts our collective dreams as a leviathan in his own inimitable way and reminding us of the Collective Unconscious and the mythology of Cetus the Whale.

Now the alpha star of Cetus is Menkar whose key phrase is a victim of the unconscious, a reference to the story of Jonah Swallowed Up and trapped for days in the Belly of the Whale. In other words, if you have something to say which must be said, it's late days so get thee busy!

Then there's eScienceNews which tells us more about the genome connection between elephants and mammoths, two behemoths who certainly look like first cousins to me!

Now I wonder if the first-ever mammoth to be successfully cloned will look around the lab and behave something like an indoor cat that suddenly finds itself outside and becomes totally disoriented and freaked out because its eyes can't focus on long distances that it isn't accustomed this what that 80s movie and song meant by Weird Science?

Probably not.

Presenting a video from the popular Music and Film of 1985: Oingo Boingo's classic, Weird Science! No hairy woollies were harmed in the making of this video to be sure, but the teased-out hairstyles fit our 'hairy woolly' criteria almost as well...hope you enjoy this 80s version of grooviness for it captures a certain test tube kind of vibe, don't you agree?

Washington DC's Woolly Mammoth Theater!

Did you know that Washington DC, one of my previous cities of residence, sports the Woolly Mammoth Theater?

Well, perhaps you did. But I did not and considering that this is a brand new blog with news of, and odes written to, woolly mammoths everywhere, the theater's link fits nicely here!

So if genetic scientists are successful in cloning a woolly mammoth to walk the planet once again, will the big hairy fellow automatically receive a free ticket to attend a performance at the Woolly Mammoth Theater?

Certainly a matinee could be quite appropriate though several seats may be required, and annoying paparazzi might be determined to snap such a special guest.

For after all, the fabled woolly mammoth has his own Wiki bio if you wish to check out his credentials. Not every critter, extinct or otherwise, can boast that! Plus, if you click, you'll discover a link to the Wiki page of a Washington DC stoner metal band...and I suspect you can easily guess the band's name, right?

And now it's time for a second helping of one of my Odes to a Woolly Mammoth:

To resurrect with DNA
a woolly mammoth snoot
will be a coup for scientists
both balding and hirsute.

jc 2010


Note: if you wish to read this blog's first-ever post, check the sidebar; you'll find five Odes to a Woolly Mammoth published therein (Nov 20, 2010.) And please take a mo to answer the Woolly Mammoth poll in the top right corner!


November 20, 2010

'Woolly Mammoth Chronicles' begins 11.20.10

Hello all you fabulous fans of the Woolly Mammoth!

Today, November 20, 2010, I am creating a new blog called Woolly Mammoth Chronicles in an attempt to keep up with news about mammoth fossils and their inherent possibilities as Science prepares to restore the woolly mammoth to life through DNA (and perhaps with a little impetus from Mary Shelly's Dr. Frankenstein as their muse.)

My Odes to a Woolly Mammoth will be featured as well for hopefully you may enjoy a bit of rhyme added to your woolly mammoth ponderings. And do leave a comment, if you wish, for your on-topic article links will be much appreciated here since one person cannot possibly keep up with all the happenin' mammoth news. Plus, do feel free to offer your own Ode or woolly mammoth verse, if inspired.

So yes, 'tis true: genetic scientists envision a woolly mammoth specimen coming back to life! Does this project excite you? Or perhaps, like me, you are horrified by the thought of a massive, disoriented, reconstituted wild animal stomping upon the earth again, a relic from man's prehistoric past, and thus giving us something else to worry about in our difficult New Millennial world.

Don't we have enough stompers already?

Why, just yesterday, news turned up on NPR that mammoth, mastodon, and bison fossils are being discovered in western Colorado, providing scientists with new vistas of the Ice Age in the Rockies to consider.

And back in 2003, CBS did a story on Japanese scientists' plans to 'clone prehistoric DNA' of bones found in the Siberian tundra in 2002 which may have been from woolly mammoths. They stated then that, "- it could take years to actually produce an animal."

No hurry, fellas! And all seemed well for a while...

But then, on November 20, 2008, a feature on CBS' 60 Minutes aired with a subsequent video from their website detailing mammoth hairballs with DNA intact in a story prophetically titled, Return of the Woolly Mammoth:

Here's a link to the January 7, 2010 60 Minutes report presented by Lesley Stahl.

Yes, scientists have been busily working on their genetically induced dream of restoring the ancient woolly mammoth to walk-about, and yet one thing is certain in 2010 and beyond: with polar ice caps melting, snow and ice could be in short supply for the Big Guy's deja-vu stroll upon our planet.

Methinks this mega-sized time traveler may be disappointed with his new digs!

So today, on the 2nd anniversary of the airing of the CBS piece, I hereby publish the first installment of Woolly Mammoth Chronicles with 5 Odes to a Woolly Mammoth to begin a record of my own worst fears, frets, and fantasies enmeshed within a silly brand of 'mammoth poetry'.

So if you're ready, let's begin our Odes to a Woolly Mammoth series with its poetic perspective which may hopefully soothe a few of my own (if not your own) woolly-mammoth-walks-again misgivings:

If woolly mammoths come again
i hope they stay in cages
they're much too wild to roam about
and chase me in their rages.

When woolly mammoths find new life
a party shall be thrown
their DNA will be renowned
for making such a clone.

A woolly mammoth in a zoo?
'twill bring a heavy sigh
i wish they wouldn't clone them
and let sleeping woollies lie.

i'm younger than i soon shall be
life's turned a lot of pages
if woolly mammoths rise again
they'll boast about their ages.

When Science has its way
a woolly mammoth will be cute
they'll use its DNA to clone
a hairy substitute!


There! I feel a smidge better already and hope you'll soon return to Woolly Mammoth Chronicles for more Odes, info, and news links concerning this exciting yet disturbing genetic project. Fair Warning: I've got an assortment of rhymes already composed just for a woolly mammoth fan such as yourself!

All Woolly Mammoth Odes herein are copyrighted by their author, Jude Cowell, 2010 and beyond. Links to any of them are much appreciated but do play nice with my creative content or who knows? A grumpy woolly mammoth clone may come and getcha!

Note: Ode #1 above has been previously published on Gather; all other Odes are and will be first-published to this blog, promise. jc ;p