“While I love the idea of bringing back the mammoth (and eating a mammoth steak), I must side against it.
This isn’t like repopulating Yellowstone with timber wolves. Mammoths have been gone for 4,000 years (and closer to 10,000 on the mainland). Their native habitats have changed considerably in that time, and adapted to new regional homeostases. Bringing back the mammoth would not be repopulation, it would be the introduction of an invasive species. It’s more analogous to horses returning to American grazing lands.
Yes, the agendas behind such an initiative are largely noble – whether it is to redirect climate change or simply to advance our understanding of genetics -but there are far too many known and unknown variables. We know that invasive species can quickly upset the delicate balance of an ecosystem, and we don’t know what will happen when we take an already-intelligent and dangerous animal and make it bigger… then hope it will simply act as we want it to.”
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.