While many startup companies are focusing on launching new products and technologies, another company called Colossal is trying to create something very different—woolly mammoths.
Well, not true woolly mammoths like the ones that lived during the Ice Age. Instead, the startup is trying to create a modern elephant with edited genes, according to CNET. By using a special technology called CRISPR, they plan to edit Asian elephant genes to recreate certain genetic traits that mammoths had, such as smaller ears and more body fat. Colossal hopes to have their first mammoth-elephant hybrid roaming the Russian Arctic tundra by 2027.
Why Resurrect Woolly Mammoths?
As fascinating as it would be to see a living woolly mammoth, tourism isn’t Colossal’s main motive. Their goal is to develop artificial wombs to help the herd grow quickly. These large herds will supposedly have a positive environmental impact and help fight climate change.
How do they expect a herd of woolly mammoths to combat global warming? By trampling snow and knocking down trees! Colossal expects this to restore vast grasslands that reflect the sun and keep the ground frozen, which would prevent the release of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.
If Colossal can pull off creating a woolly mammoth hybrid, they’ll move on to restoring the woolly rhino, which also lived during the Ice Age.
Does a Mammoth Hybrid Prove Evolution Is True?
In short, the answer is no. Creating a woolly mammoth hybrid through gene-editing technology does not confirm evolution.
The Bible tells us that God created all living things according to their kind. There can be incredible diversity within a created kind. For instance, from the original cat kind, we now have lions and house cats—two very different animals. Wolves and chihuahuas look very different from one another, yet they’re both descended from the original dog kind.
God placed a lot of genetic diversity within kinds so that they could adapt and spread across the world. But one kind doesn’t—and can’t—evolve into another kind. Dogs diversifying into wolves and chihuahuas (microevolution) is very different from dogs evolving into horses (macroevolution).
The same principle applies to Colossal’s project. Asian elephants and woolly mammoths are both descendants of the original elephant kind that God created. This is why scientists can create an elephant-mammoth hybrid.
Can Woolly Mammoths Prevent Global Warming?
Woolly mammoths lived during the Ice Age, which occurred several hundred years after the Global Flood. Since then, the earth has been settling down from both those catastrophic events.
If you believe the earth is billions of years old, you may see the glaciers melting today and think something catastrophic is happening. But if you believe the earth is only 6,000 years old and that the earth is still recovering from an intense Ice Age that occurred shortly after the Flood, then melting glaciers isn’t as shocking.
Either way, God has promised that “while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22, ESV).
Uncover the Mysteries of the Woolly Mammoth
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