This blog is part of a series "Kids' Questions Answered," where we consult the experts to find the best answers possible to children's confounding queries.
Question. Could a cloned wooly mammoth mate with an elephant? (from Ben, who is nearly 9)
Answer: Yes, they probably could mate.
The first step would be cloning a woolly mammoth, which last walked the Earth about 10,000 years ago.
Some scientists hope to extract DNA (organic material that holds the instructions for life) from a frozen mammoth and insert it into an elephant egg to create an embryo.
The embryo would be implanted in an Asian elephant, which is actually more closely related to a mammoth than to an African elephant. Then the elephant would give birth to a baby mammoth.
NEWS: Despite Mammoth Blood, Cloning Still Unlikely
Even if a mammoth could be cloned, an important question is whether the the mammoth and elephant would even want to mate, said Darin A. Croft, a professor in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.