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ロシアの国章:変異種の双頭の鷲からマンモスに替えては如何でしょう? [PRAVDA]
投稿者 ファントムランチ 日時 2003 年 9 月 05 日 20:25:33:oswAM6lqBSCW6


08/18/2003 16:11, Der Voron

■The Russian National Emblem: Why not Replace the Double-headed Mutant Eagle with a Mammoth?

Double-headed eagle vs. mutant mammoth
双頭の鷲 対 (同じく)変異種のマンモス

As we know, Russia is indeed the motherland of elephants - woolly elephants - and the mammoth became extinct only because of the catastrophe usually referred to as "the Deluge", which supposedly took place about 10,000 years ago and which is mentioned in legends of many peoples.
周知のように、ロシアはまさしく象 ― 尨毛の象たち ― の母国です。そしてマンモスは、多くの民族の伝説中で言及されている、約10000年前におそらく起こった「大洪水」と呼ばれる大災害によって絶滅しました。

These days, Japanese and Russian researchers began cloning this animal, and it is claimed that soon it will be introduced into the entertainment site that is being created in Siberia. So the replacement of the eagle with the mammoth would symbolize the renaissance of Russia. (Please do not try to find any irony in my words: judging by what Russian ruler President Putin recently told, Russia will soon become much more open to energetic immigrants from other countries ― just like America in 19th and the first half of 20th century ― and this may make it the America of this new century).
(私の言葉にどんなアイロニー【皮肉、反語】も見つけようとしないでください:ロシアの統治者プーチン大統領が最近話したことから判断して、ロシアはもうすぐ外国からの精力的な移民にもっとずっと開放的になり ― ちょうどアメリカの19世から20世紀前半のように ― それにより今世紀の「アメリカ」となるかも知れません。)

More, there are testimonies that the mammoth was alive in the 1st millennium BC and didn't become extinct even till 17th century AD. Let us give the floor to Sima Jiang, a famous Chinese historian, and to Sigismund von Herberstein, a no less famous Austrian diplomat and traveler.

Sima Jiang, a Chinese historian who lived in the 145-86 B.C., writes in one of his works about Siberia (a region in Russia): "Of animals, there are giant boars, northern elephants covered with bristle, and northern rhinos".

How do you think, what can the words "northern elephants covered with bristle" mean? Isn't it the mammoth?

Sigismund von Herberstein, an Austrian diplomat, writer, and historian (1486-1566) who often traveled to Russia and lived in this country a long time, writes in his book about Russia: "In Siberia...there are many species of birds and animals, like, for example, sables, martens, beavers, ermines, and squirrels... Besides it, the wes."
ロシアへしばしば旅行し長い間この国で暮らした、作家であり歴史家のオーストリア外交官ジギスムント・フォン・ヘルベルシュタイン(1486―1566)は、ロシアに関する彼の書物の中で書いています:「シベリアでは... とても多くの鳥や獣の種が観られる。例えばクロテン、テン、ビーバー、イタチ、リスなどに加えて、ウェスがいる。」

Who is this wes? An ethnologist P. Gorodkov communicated in his essay "A travel to Salym region of Siberia" in 1911 that in the language of the Hant people who lives in this area ("hanty", in Russian) "wes" means a strange animal that was covered by thick hair and had tusks.
この「ウェス」とは何でしょうか?民族学者P.ゴロドコフは1911年の彼の論文「シベリアのサリム地域紀行」の中で、このエリアに住んでいるハント人(ロシア語で「ハンティー」) の言語で「ウェス」とは、濃い毛で覆われ牙を持っていた奇妙な動物を意味すると伝えています。※1)

Siberian Tatars were sure that this animal existed, and so describe it in their legends: "Mammoth, by its behavior, is a peaceful and nice animal, when it meets people it doesn't attack them but tries to fondle them". As you can see, the mammoth in their folklore was something like the bear in Russian and European folklore, and not an exotic creature.

But maybe, this problem could be solved much simplier: two eagles instead of one two-headed.



07/22/2003 14:54

■Russian Mammoth to be Cloned

Japanese scientists pin great hopes on cross-insemination

On July 15, a fragment of a mammoth body was delivered from Russia to Japan; the body will be used as a donor of genetic material for cloning and further revival of shaggy elephants from the glacial epoch, NEWSRu.com reports. The biological material in a container with liquid oxygen has been already transported from Tokyo's international airport of Narita to the Scientific Technical Center of the Gifu prefecture.

On July 16 the material was sent to the laboratory of the physical and engineering department of the Kinki University. This is the place where Siberian mammoth that disappeared several thousands of years ago will be cloned. The experiment will be conducted by Professor Akira Iritani, 72, expert in reproductive engineering. Fragments of a mammoth body applicable for the operation were discovered by a Russian-Japanese expedition near the city of Chokurdakh (Yakutia), 400 kilometers from the Polar Circle last August.

After the expedition, scientists brought some parts of the mammoth leg to Yakutsk. Further the fragments were studied by scientists from Vektor, the Novosibirsk Virology and Biotechnology Center. They managed to discover a cell in the biological material which suits for cloning of a mammoth.

Now researchers from the Kinki University plan to identify whether the fragment contains genetic material. If there is genetic material, an experiment will be held to create a mammoth's impregnated ovum which will be then implanted in a female elephant. Scientists say that even if the experiment is a success, it will take several decades of cross-inseminations to produce a thoroughbred mammoth.






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