Ethical mammoth ivory for violins and violin bows

27 March 2013Mammoth ivory frog for violin bow
It seemed like the perfect solution for luthiers and bow-makers who wanted to use ivory without being implicated in the slaughter of elephants – mammoth ivory! But I always had a niggling feeling that the supply of 3,600-year-old fossilized mastodons might be limited.  Apparently not – for two reasons neither of which are entirely reassuring.  One is that global warming is melting the  permafrost so that Russians can dig up woolly mammoth remains for guilt-free ivory.  There is also a back-up ‘de-extinction programme’ to clone mammoths.  That’s all right then.

How to clone a mammoth


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