Re: Speciation - how do you know?

JR Bauer (
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 17:25:18 GMT

Stephen Barnard <> wrote:

>Tim Edwards and/or Marghie Parsons wrote:
>> Hi.
>> I spotted an article in Newsweek about a Japanese researcher who wants
>> to try to fertilize a modern Indian elephant with the frozen sperm of
>> a woolly mammoth. (Not anthro, I know, but bear with me). How can he
>> know whether mammoth and elephant are similar enough to produce
>> fertile offspring? (I suppose, if it works, he will know for sure.)

a) Where on earth did he find frozen wooly mammoth sperm?
b) With the uncertain preservation conditions what make him believe
it's viable?
c) Why not do a DNA analysis to assess compatibility?