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Oct. 27 Reviving Extinct Species -- Fiction or Fact?


The woolly mammoth never did make it into Jurassic Park.

But seeing one lumbering across the permafrost
in the not too distant future?

 It could happen.

Now that we have the complete genome of the woolly mammoth, can we – and should we – bring them back?  Join us as we launch our first lecture in the new Research in the City series with anthropologist and evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar. His talk Reviving Extinct Species – Fiction or Fact? will explore the evolutionary history of the woolly mammoth, his pioneering research with their DNA, and his continued work to understand their ultimate demise.

Tuesday October 27th 7:00 p.m. in the David Braley Health Sciences Centre
Second Floor Auditorium, Room 2032, 100 Main Street West, Hamilton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

To register for this free public lecture, send an email to or
by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 24934


HENDRIK POINAR has been studying DNA from fossil remains for 20 years now. In 2006, Poinar’s research team was the first to usher in the use of next generation methods to sequence the genome of the extinct woolly mammoth – yes it happened at McMaster first!

This discovery was the roadmap that led to the publication of the genome of the woolly mammoth this year. Many people are hopeful that this will lead to the possibility of cloning extinct animals. 

Hendrik Poinar is the Canada Research Chair in Paleogenetics and Director of the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre. His research group focuses on the use of DNA extracted from fossil remains to address questions on the origins, evolution and migration of humans, animals and pathogens in the past. 

Poinar has received international acclaim and media attention for his research on many fronts:  the discoveries he’s made about ancient humans from their fossilized remains; the work he’s done determining the timing and origin of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from some of the oldest samples of archival HIV; his successful sequencing of a woolly mammoth genome; the contributions he’s made to research on ancient antibiotic resistance; and his seminal work identifying the origin of the Black Death.