As I came to the end of my M.Sc. and writing the corresponding journal article, one thing I was aware of was that all previous papers on woolly mammoth mitchondrial genomes to NCBI’s GenBank database. To continue with this established ‘tradition’, I decided to investigate how to do this. Worringly, most people I spoke to didn’t have very positive views on this procdure, saying that it was complicated, error prone and badly documented and that it wasn’t worth my time. In fact, with a bit of help from the authors of some of the previous papers and with NCBI itself, the overall task ended up being easier than expected (admittedly after a considerable bit of trial and error).