Fifth Former Luke Lee gave an inspiring talk to the Biology Society about his time over the summer working with researchers who were trying to clone a mammoth following the discovery of a 40,000-year-old frozen specimen in Siberia.

Luke has very generously given a Woolly Rhino fossil tooth, which he collected whilst on expedition to Siberia with the South Korean research team, to the Science Department. The Woolly Rhino is an ancestor of the Rhinoceros and was common throughout Europe and Northern Asia. It is also one of the most well known Ice Age animals.

Speaking of his expedition, Luke said: “Our aim was to find a living cell of a woolly mammoth from from the permafrost. It took five hours by several boats to reach the fossil dig site. Swarms of mosquitoes and biting black flies made this place feel even more isolated and dense forest and freezing conditions mean that very few people come to this region”.

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