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Re: Quaternary Park?

range from guilt through both
>philanthropy and greed[1] to survival[2].
>If we can justify attempting to save currently endangered species,
>then all those arguments can be used to justify the resurrection of
>species that we have already hunted/out competed to extinction.
>The Takahe is a local bird which is extremely rare.  Most of the 
>are on a couple of Islands which have been made rodent free.  I'm 
>sure there is stored genetic material in various universities.  If some
>ignorant jerk parks their yacht next to one of these islands and loses
>one of their dogs for a couple of hours most of the existing Takahe
>could be history.  Would it be justified to bring these creatures back
>through genetic engineering techniques?  After all it would probably
>cost less to do than the average superyacht would take to build.
>I think that yes is pretty clearly the answer.
>What about the Tasmanian Tiger, although there have been a few possible
>sightings these are highly likely to have become extinct when the last
>living specimen was killed in 1961 - the year I was born.
>I think that yes should be the answer here too.
>The New Zealand giant gecko may have still been around less than a 
>ago, the last examples probably killed by collectors.
>A century isn't that much of a stretch really.
>And what about the Moa - without question hunted to extinction by
>humans, should we try to bring them back?
>Apart from all that resurrecting mammoths would be cool, ditto the
>dodo, moa and the giant gecko and the tasmanian tiger...
>Incidentally Elephants aren't particularly endangered.  Indian 
>are to a large extent domesticated and therefore have a good chance of
>survival.  African Elephants may be pretty thin on the ground over much 
>west and central Africa, there are however too many of them in parts of
>Southern Africa.

Why dont we clone/geneticly create Spix's Macaws? these rare birds have 
been hunted to such an extent that there are only around 40 left in the 
world and 2 in the wild (the other 38 are in captivity). I'm sure these 
birds who are way closer to extinction than elephants (Heck there's a 
TON of elephants compared to thease beauties)....
I think they should attempt to re-create animals that REALLY need help  
before we start on Mamuthus, humans, dinosaurs, tigers, poodles and what 
not. Most people don't even know about the 'really' endangered 
animals-the birds and others whose names don't make the tv even when 
their entire current population could be held in my rather small 
Save the Spix's.

Jessica Wagar
Amature Paleontologist

"My name is Bird. And I'm a dinoholic"

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