Mammoths vs. Mastodons: Can we 'de-extinct' them both?

There's been a lot of talk and research interest around the possibility of resurrecting certain groups of organisms (or, at least their genomes) from extinction, with Woolly Mammoths being prime candidates for such an endeavor. But what about a closely related group, like the Mastodons? What's the criteria for possible 'de-extinction'? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

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You know you love to read articles as much as I do: 

"De-extinction' of th ewoolly mammoth: A step closer." Washington Post

"Mastodon genome sheds light on human evolution." New Scientist 

"Mammoth and Mastodon Teeth and Museums," Universities Space Research Association 

"Mammuthus exilis from the California Channel Islands: Height, Mass, and Geologic Age," Institute for Wildlife Studies 

"The Pygmy Mammoth," National Park Service 

"The island rule in large mammals: paleontology meets ecology," International Journal of Organic Evolution 

"American mastodon extirpation in the Arctic and Subarctic predates human colonization and terminal Pleistocene climate change," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

Special thanks to Bill Simpson for helping us with this episode!