Mammoths vs. Mastodons: Can We "De-Extinct" Them Both?

According to a popular movie series, de-extincting ancient species may not be the best idea! But, is it possible? Explore the prospect through a video that is part of a larger playlist covering mammals. The narrator compares the physical and genetic traits of mammoths and mastodons, discusses the varieties of species of both, and examines their closest living relatives.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the versatile video in a genetics or extinction unit
  • Provide pictures of mammoths and mastodons and ask paired pupils to pick out other similarities and differences in them
Classroom Considerations
  • Students should be familiar with types of animal teeth and how to determine what an animal eats based upon its tooth types
Pros
  • The video is brief but packed with interesting content
  • Examples of recently discovered fossilized specimens, as well as the research scientists are doing on them, illustrate current trends in genetics
Cons
  • None
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