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28 November, 2005

Bring back the massive mammoths

Strange to think when looking over the burning, empty sands rolling from the mountains to the coast, that the UAE was not always this way.

Rivers once flowed through vast acacia forests and fertile plains, teeming with life. Antelopes, giraffes and ostriches gathered at watering places, eyed by hungy hippos, hyenas, wolverines and sabre-toothed tigers.

Best of all, massive primitive elephants, Stegotetrabelodon syrticus thundered around, with 2.5-metre tusks.

Researchers in Syria recently dug up giant giraffe-sized camels near Palmyra. Only 100,000 years old, they would have been around at the same time as human beings. No issues for ancient Syrians with underage camel jockeys: Pavarotti could have ridden one of these beasts and been no more than a gnat on a rhino.

Forget Dubailand, let's get cloning and have a Jurassic Park for real.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want to see a dodo!

28 November, 2005 07:38  
Blogger Emirati said...

Ive always been a proponent of genetic engineering and manipulation. Go for it.

28 November, 2005 08:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon @ 07.38

there are many around.. you see them everywhere malls, parks, highways...

28 November, 2005 10:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't give the establishment any ideas, you may inadvertently start the plans for 'genetically modified city'

Oh, it's already upon us. I forgot...

28 November, 2005 11:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think you really need to, the whole place is awash with mammoths and maaaaaaaaaaaa moths!

28 November, 2005 14:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised they haven't already got some style of Gattaca plan in place.

You have to be a genetically perfect human specimen just to have the right to walk through Dubai's leafy suburbs and shop at the worlds largest, cleanest, most perfect in every way mall that will be open on the 25th February 2007 (give or take a year)

28 November, 2005 16:39  
Blogger liberosis said...

would the plan also involve the possibility of a t-rex going berserk on szr if things go wrong?!!!:-)

28 November, 2005 19:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering - what happens if a national is found to be HIV positive? Expats are deported, but I have not heard of what happens to nationals who are found to be HIV positive. Are they kicked out of their own country?

28 November, 2005 19:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How dare you say that!!!

Never kicked out but allowed to proliferate it amongst the expat female community!

As it has happened in the past!

They are a law onto themselves!

28 November, 2005 20:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a wake up refresher of where you really are!

28 November, 2005 20:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the highest rate of HIV residents in the UAE is amongst locals they ve even brought in mandatory HIV trsting for tehm before they marry so that they don't spread it!

Now what does this have to do with genetic manipulation, is there a chance that they've already manipulated HIV so it does not affect them?

28 November, 2005 20:10  
Blogger _sublime_ said...

A Jurassic Park style clone-o-rama-land in Dubai would be great, as long as I can clone myself so that with both of me working we can afford to rent a decent flat somewhere near the ofice New Dubai-o-rama-land.

Only downside is that all those hungry and sharp toothed carnivourous reptiles running around and eating each other would remind me too much of my recently dissolved marriage.

28 November, 2005 23:23  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

Link to GN is broken do to the relaunch of its website.

The link is

28 November, 2005 23:24  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

Gulfnews: 8 million-year-old fossils discovered in Abu Dhabi

28 November, 2005 23:26  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Oh god - does that mean all our old GN links no longer work?

*kills self*

28 November, 2005 23:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now now SD... GN is not the be all and end all of journalism.. or is it? ;)

anyways I saw King Kong ambling down Jumeirah beach road today looking for Jumeirah Janes. :)


29 November, 2005 13:25  
Blogger desertblog said...

secretdubai I might have to join you and kill myself as well. All my GN links are invalid too.

29 November, 2005 16:37  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I know - three years of vital research archived so carefullly for future generations... now useless :(

29 November, 2005 16:43  
Blogger AkaRound Peg said...

Oh but Dubai has the mammoths - the excavators, the diggers ........

30 November, 2005 16:26  

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