Today on slashdot I saw an article talking about how the DNA of the wolly mammoth has been fully sequenced. This reminds me of another article I read a few years back about Japanese researchers going to Russia and collecting as many frozen mammoth bodies as they could get a hole of.

This is from the BBC:

The research, published in the online edition of Nature, gives an insight into the elephant family tree.

It shows that the mammoth was most closely related to the Asian rather than the African elephant.

The three groups split from a common ancestor about six million years ago, with Asian elephants and mammoths diverging about half a million years later.

Any bets on how long before we see an elephant-mammoth crossbreed based on the techniques used to clone Dolly?