*wants to ride a wooly mammoth to Wawa* B)
Michael Crichton taught me that this is a very bad idea
Nah man that was only Dinosaurs. We’re cool with other prehistoric animals, like the Andrewsarchus
the first sabre toothed animal, Gorgonopsid
and my personal favourite, the 60- foot long predatory whale, Basilosaurus.
… Yeah I don’t think this is a good idea either…
on the plus side we can have dodo birds back
No but you guys don’t understand
there’s species that are becoming extinct every day
there’s species that are so critically endangered that no one has hope for them
there’s hundreds of species that are doomed to disappear
this could bring them all back and undo all the damage done when we didn’t know better about these animals
we could save tigers and pandas and bring back the Tasmanian wolf
And we could bring back black rhinos, pyrenean ibex, bluebucks, dire wolves, etc, and maybe even thylacines (if we ever find a suitable surrogate mother-species or can potentially build an artificial womb for it). But mate, you don’t want to bring back the entelodont… that’s an enteloton’t
We’re totally cool with Andrewsarchus, Entelodon, Inostrancevia and Basilosaurus.
But enough about synapsids and kin.
I would love to see some of these animals resurrected. But there is a reason that there is a focus on passenger pigeons and mammoths.
There has only been one animal that has become de-extinct, and then only for a few minutes. That is the Pyrenean Ibex, and the vast majority of fertilized eggs in the 2 different experiments designed to bring it back never made it to birth. Only one did. However, part of her lung had formed as a liver, and she died shortly after birth. There was nothing anyone could do.
The reason they chose these animals is because we have a significant amount of soft tissue from them. Passenger pigeons have been preserved and we can access their DNA by combining the fragments we find in their specimens.
As for mammoths, we have found literally tons and tons of mammoth ivory, bone, hair, and flesh. There are places where the locals will cook and eat mammoth meat, and even give it to their dogs because it is so plentiful. There is an entire small community in Siberia whose primary resource is mammoth ivory, which they sell to Hong Kong to be carved.
If we resurrect anything, we need the animal’s DNA (fossilized specimens are out) so we have to look that animals that have been naturally or artificially preserved. Animals for which we only have imprints on rocks are really really out. Furthermore, a clone needs a suitable womb. The Pyrenean Ibex was hosted by a hybrid of a Spanish Ibex and a goat. A mammoth would be hosted by an African Elephant. Thylacines are out. Plesiosaurs are double out.