After seeing Jurassic Park, who hasn’t thought about whether or not we would reach the point of bringing back extinct species? I certainly have and always thought it would start with something not so glamorous (or dangerous) as a T-Rex. Well in his new book, Woolly – The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, author Ben Mezrich takes us on a real life journey to do just that – the attempt to bring back a long extinct creature, the woolly mammoth and all that goes along with it.

About Woolly – The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich:

“With his knack for turning narrative nonfiction into stories worthy of the best thriller fiction (Omnivoracious), Ben Mezrich takes us on an exhilarating true adventure story from the icy terrain of Siberia to the cutting-edge genetic labs of Harvard University. A group of young scientists, under the guidance of Dr. George Church, the most brilliant geneticist of our time, works to make fantasy reality by sequencing the DNA of a frozen woolly mammoth harvested from above the Arctic circle, and splicing elements of that sequence into the DNA of a modern elephant. Will they be able to turn the hybrid cells into a functional embryo and bring the extinct creatures to life in our modern world? Along with Church and his team of Harvard scientists, a world-famous conservationist and a genius Russian scientist plan to turn a tract of the Siberian tundra into Pleistocene Park, populating the permafrost with ancient herbivores as a hedge against an environmental ticking time bomb. More than a story of genetics, this is a thriller illuminating the race against global warming, the incredible power of modern technology, the brave fossil hunters who battle polar bears and extreme weather conditions, and the ethical quandary of cloning extinct animals. Can we right the wrongs of our ancestors who hunted the woolly mammoth to extinction—and at what cost?”

This book covers a lot of ground, part adventure story, part science journal, part ethical treatise, but all thoroughly interesting.

Woolly – The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Mezrich is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.