Inbreeding plagued the last woolly mammoths

World / Science & Health Feb 8, 2020

Inbreeding plagued the last woolly mammoths

The world's last woolly mammoths, sequestered on an Arctic Ocean island outpost, suffered from serious genetic defects caused by generations of inbreeding that may have hampered traits such as sense of smell and male fertility in the doomed population. Scientists said on Friday that the ...