Woolly: The True Story Of The Quest To Revive One Of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures

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The bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and The 37th Parallel tells the fascinating Jurassic Park­-like story of the genetic restoration of an extinct species—the woolly mammoth. “Paced like a thriller…Woolly reanimates history and breathes new life into the narrative of nature” (NPR).

With his “unparalleled” (Booklist, starred review) writing, Ben Mezrich takes us on an exhilarating and true adventure story from the icy terrain of Siberia to the cutting-edge genetic labs of Harvard University. A group of scientists work to make fantasy reality by splicing DNA from frozen woolly mammoth into the DNA of a modern elephant. Will they be able to turn the hybrid cells into a functional embryo and potentially bring the extinct creatures to our modern world?

Along with this team of brilliant scientists, a millionaire plans to build the world’s first Pleistocene Park and populate a huge tract of the Siberian tundra with ancient herbivores as a hedge against an environmental ticking time bomb that is hidden deep within the permafrost. More than a story of genetics, this is a thriller illuminating the real-life race against global warming, of the incredible power of modern technology, of the brave fossil hunters who battle polar bears and extreme weather conditions, and the ethical quandary of cloning extinct animals. This “rollercoaster quest for the past and future” (Christian Science Monitor) asks us if we can right the wrongs of our ancestors who hunted the woolly mammoth to extinction and at what cost?


  • Woolly 01 Authors Note

    Duration: 34s
  • Woolly 02 Tile

    Duration: 35s
  • Woolly 03 Dedication

    Duration: 07s
  • Woolly 04 Part 1

    Duration: 07min
  • Woolly 05 Chapter 2

    Duration: 12min
  • Woolly 06 Chapter 3

    Duration: 07min
  • Woolly 07 Chapter 4

    Duration: 08min
  • Woolly 08 Chapter 5

    Duration: 08min
  • Woolly 09 Chapter 6

    Duration: 15min
  • Woolly 10 Chapter 7

    Duration: 17min
  • Woolly 11 Chapter 8

    Duration: 18min
  • Woolly 12 Part 2

    Duration: 18min
  • Woolly 13 Chapter 10

    Duration: 09min
  • Woolly 14 Chapter 11

    Duration: 16min
  • Woolly 15 Chapter 12

    Duration: 14min
  • Woolly 16 Chapter 13

    Duration: 15min
  • Woolly 17 Chapter 14

    Duration: 06min
  • Woolly 18 Part 3

    Duration: 16min
  • Woolly 19 Chapter 16

    Duration: 14min
  • Woolly 20 Chapter 17

    Duration: 20min
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