Jon-Erik Lappano said when his daughter Maia realized she would never see a real-life woolly mammoth, she was close to tears.
The Guelph, Ont. dad said he and four-year-old Maia had a talk about the ice age, climate change, and evolution, which led her to ask, "So I'll never see one? Not ever?"
He told Maia there were a group of scientists working on bringing mammoths back, and she insisted on writing to them.
So Maia asked 'The Sientists' to please find a woolly mammoth egg and put it inside an elephant.
Maia Lappano's letter to McMaster University scientists, complete with stickers. (Photo: Jon-Erik Lappano/McMaster University)
Lappano sent the note to Henrik Poinar, the head of ancient DNA investigations at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.
Poinar is part of a team that mapped out the woolly mammoth genome last year.
Lappano said the scientists wrote back to Maia, sending her a piece of mammoth tusk and passes to the Ontario Science Centre.
Maia Lappano holds her letter from McMaster University. (Photo: McMaster University)
Renegade Pictures/Smithsonian ChannelDr. Tori Herridge, a paleobiologist at the Natural History Museum in London, with mammoth tusks.
Renegade Pictures/Smithsonian ChannelDr. George Church, a molecular geneticist at Harvard, with a GGI reconstruction of a woolly mammoth.
Renegade Pictures/Smithsonian ChannelDr. Roy Weber, a biologist at Aarhus University in Denmark, holding mammoth blood during autopsy.
Renegade Pictures/Smithsonian ChannelMammoth carcass during autopsy.
Renegade Pictures/Smithsonian ChannelInsung Hwang, a cloning researcher at the SOOAM Biotech Research Center, with mammoth during autopsy.
Renegade Pictures/Smithsonian ChannelMammoth teeth, shown during excavation of carcass in Siberia.