June 27, 2017

Bizarre Ice Age mammal now categorized with horses and rhinos

Now here's some Science News of a mystery solved: Scientists recover ancient DNA from a bizarre Ice Age mammal that stumped Darwin "180 years after it was first found by the naturalist." At last! Maybe the beast can rest in peace now that his relation to horses and rhinos has been revealed thanks to a DNA specimen discovered in Chile.

Here's an artists' rendition of the charmer now (you're welcome!):

Image: Robert Bruce Horsfall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

And for those who are so inclined, a peek at the natal horoscope of Charles Darwin (though it's rated DD for 'Dirty Data'/conflicted or unverified; February 12, 1809 3:00 am LMT Shrewsbury) may be of interest in light of the above-linked article mentioning his name and his work. A planet currently in contact with two of his natal planets, Mercury (9Pis43) and Pluto (13Pis36) is gaseous Neptune, strong these days floating through its own sign of Pisces.

With transit Neptune recently billowing all over his natal Mercury (though processes, ideas, communication style) the information he disseminated and his methods are affected either positively or negatively. His inability to grasp correct information about this bizarre mammal is what is spotlighted here. Transit Neptune contacting natal Pluto by conjunction indicates that some of his power is dissolved or catalyzed, here by a deeper knowledge of the mammal Darwin discovered in 1834 but, as the article says, was "stumped" by. This also suggests an amount of confusion or a lack of clarity, some of Neptune's favorite effects.

Darwin's natal Mercury-Pluto conjunction describes his ability for deep, concentrated thought and study, and a tendency to look for hidden meaning in obscure details and ancient relics such as fossils. Curious to a fault, he may have gone to extremes in gathering information and tended to vehemently defend his views and findings. Work tendencies leaned toward exploration, research, chemistry, pathology, crime detection, and/or surgery (vivisection?)

In addition, Darwin's Mercury-Pluto suggests that he was something of an anarchist and Mr. Darwin may also have entertained an interest in the occult. A lifelong weakness in the intestinal area may be seen by Saturn and Neptune rising at his Ascendant (physical body--if his natal data is accurate; Saturn-Neptune = ill people; chronic illness) and eventually played a part in his demise on April 19, 1882 at the age of 73.

Oopsy!: Gene Editing Now Admittedly Causes Hundreds of Mutations

Just because we can, doesn't mean we should...maybe tinkering with life's grand designs shouldn't be done by mere earthlings!

March 3, 2017

Scientists Really Really Want to Clone a Woolly Mammoth!

Two teams of scientists are working on the project to bring back the Woolly Mammoth, one using DNA splicing and the other cloning. And if you're read this blog of science poems before this minute you know that yours truly is greatly discomfited by the thought of The Return of the Woolly Mammoth. After all, their first reign upon the Earth wasn't stellar or in any way spectacular, was it?

And it seems they even suffered from acid reflux! Now who would want to return from pre-History's grave yard just to enjoy a bunch of tummy aches?

Well, read up on how the Woolly reconstitution project is going if you must. Personally, I'd rather write a new verse in honor of large, extinct stinky mammals while reminding you, dear reader, to please answer the Woolly Mammoth Poll at the top of the sidebar to your right! Multiple answers are allowed as well as your better ideas-->

Now here's the bad poem of the day:

They cloned a Woolly Mammoth though a no-no was in store

with all the trouble that implies and then they cloned some more

but that big Woolly was a mess with nose atop his head

and eyes that looked askance at everything the doctor said

On Woolly you are quite a coup to bring back from the past

in spite of all the neigh-sayers you've come to us at last

now with a stomp of your left foot we run before your wrath

if only we had turned before we took the wayward path.

JC 2017

Don't do it!

March 2, 2017

Did Bad Mutations Doom the Woolly Mammoth to Extinction?

Not to alarm you but here's the current scoop: Last of 'too silky' woolly mammoths blighted by bad mutations, a disturbing headline for woolly mammoth devotees to read but facts must be faced wherever they are found.

On an island between Russia and Alaska, Wrangel Island, mammoths frolicked in icier days and left behind study materials for scientists of the fossil persuasion. It seems that extinction came after silky hair developed (unsuitable for Ice Age climes) and upsetting cases of heartburn began to plague the woolly mammoth though one may wonder with our more advanced knowledge whether overeating or consuming too much peppery food were the real culprits behind the woollies' discomfort and unseemly belching.

So if bad mutations caused them big problems does that mean that woollies were mere science experiments gone wrong? If that's even a slight possibility, let's not repeat and release their 'bad mutations' and bilious stomachs upon the Earth, what say you? After all, the stinkers were exterminated once already and we don't want to have to do it again.

A Woolly Mammoth full of gas

came to my door one day

I gave him Tums for his heartburn

to make him go away.

jc 2017

February 3, 2017

Mystery Surrounds a Massive Woolly Mammoth Graveyard!

Did you hear about the Mystery Surrounding a Massive Woolly Mammoth Graveyard full of bones from several mammoths?

Well, even though it's been quite a while since poetry was inspired by woolly mammoth news here on Woolly Mammoth Chronicles, here's a small offering in honor of such a curious mystery:

Those mammoth bones found in a pit

concern me not a little bit

for if a clone should come to pass

don't call on me to wipe its ___

Okay, that's enough rhyming for today, don't you think?

jc 2017