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Author Topic: Extinct Species Resurrected by Cloning  (Read 10793 times)
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« Reply #15: July 02, 2010, 10:57:47 am »

I think your concerns are valid, Star, but far from insurmountable.

::shrug::  And I didn't mean to imply that they were insurmountable.  Smiley  I recognize that, if nothing else, I'm vastly underinformed here and the concerns and questions I expressed might well have perfectly good answers--either now or in the future.
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« Reply #16: July 02, 2010, 11:05:36 am »

Recently extinct species brought back and reintroduced to their native habitat would be less likely to have such problems.

That's what I'm talking about.
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« Reply #18: July 02, 2010, 04:56:01 pm »

That's what I'm talking about.

You have to admit that while more practical (and much less likely to cause problems), this goal isn't nearly as exciting to the average person as bringing back Velociraptors or T. Rexes. Smiley
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You have to admit that while more practical (and much less likely to cause problems), this goal isn't nearly as exciting to the average person as bringing back Velociraptors or T. Rexes. Smiley

I'm pulling for prehistoric megafauna like the giant sloth and wooly mammoth...although pterodactyls and other flying dinos and giant birds would be pretty awesome (if terrifying), too. Cool
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« Reply #20: July 05, 2010, 11:32:53 am »

I'm pulling for prehistoric megafauna like the giant sloth and wooly mammoth...although pterodactyls and other flying dinos and giant birds would be pretty awesome (if terrifying), too. Cool

Awesome, but totally impractical, except as isolated zoo specimens. I doubt they could make it in a world so radically altered from the one they knew, and they'd probably quickly be felled by today's palette of microorganisms, for which they likely have not evolved defenses.
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« Reply #21: July 05, 2010, 06:09:08 pm »

Awesome, but totally impractical, except as isolated zoo specimens. I doubt they could make it in a world so radically altered from the one they knew, and they'd probably quickly be felled by today's palette of microorganisms, for which they likely have not evolved defenses.

What I find most exciting is the idea that we can preserve species to survive ecological disaster. So, if a nasty meteorite wipes out all of Australia, or a tsunami does in Borneo, we might be able to intervene over time to reintroduce a natural species back into it's environment when that environment is once again viable. This is partly the goal of the worlds Zoos captive breeding programs; to maintain a diverse gene pool of species that are becoming very rare in the wild, for whatever reason.

Of course, one needs to understand the reason for extinction as well. Many species are extinct due to their very specific and unique living requirements. Even if we could preserve a species DNA, we cannot guarantee that reintroducing them to an environment will be successful. The recovery of the Peregrine falcon is as much about their ability to adapt to urban living as it is about the banning of DDT. Learned survival strategies cannot be passed on to cloned offspring without a viable parent to teach the learned behaviors. Thus, the poor polar bear is going to have to learn to hunt off the ice or will likely perish; and reintroducing polar bears to the arctic in say 200 years when global warming has reversed (just mad sci-fi imagining here....) will not succeed as there would be no one to teach young polar bears how to hunt from the ice flows.
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« Reply #22: July 05, 2010, 06:52:56 pm »

You have to admit that while more practical (and much less likely to cause problems), this goal isn't nearly as exciting to the average person as bringing back Velociraptors or T. Rexes. Smiley


Yeah! Just think about how much more fun hunting season would be.   Wink
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« Reply #23: July 05, 2010, 09:59:11 pm »

Yeah! Just think about how much more fun hunting season would be.   Wink

I'm not sure we could convince the T. Rexes to only hunt humans during human season.  Shocked
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« Reply #24: July 05, 2010, 10:09:10 pm »

I'm not sure we could convince the T. Rexes to only hunt humans during human season.  Shocked

What if there were humans controlling them via psychic interface?  Or take the T. Rexes out and just have human season without them.

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« Reply #25: July 08, 2010, 06:52:05 pm »

I definitely have questions about how extinct species would fit into the ecosystem now.  I mean, it's not set up to support them anymore. Will they even be able to survive in the wild at this point?

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Are we really doing these species any favors by resurrecting them, or are we just doing this to assuage our own guilt at having killed them off, or because it would be really cool or something?  What, exactly, is the goal and the point here, and is it actually achievable?

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« Reply #26: July 08, 2010, 06:54:00 pm »

It might be possible to genetically back-engineer a chicken into a raptor or a starfish into a crinoid, but why?

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« Reply #27: July 08, 2010, 06:54:36 pm »

Because it would be cool  Cool

I agree. Rule of Cool reigns supreme.
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« Reply #28: July 08, 2010, 06:57:30 pm »

I agree. Rule of Cool reigns supreme.

I suppose the same could be said for a blue lily
There's really no practical use for it, but you can bet collectors would beat a path to your door if you could breed one
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« Reply #29: November 18, 2010, 08:37:44 pm »


Well We could bring back the Tasmanian Tiger, the dodo to feed to the tiger...no dinos! I mean when you start giving a T-rex to a kid it's work work work.
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