Skip to comments.The Mammoth Cometh
Posted on 02/27/2014 11:44:06 AM PST by Theoria
Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening and its going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad.
The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes. He was 16. At 13, Novak vowed to devote his life to resurrecting extinct animals. At 14, he saw a photograph of a passenger pigeon in an Audubon Society book and fell in love. But he didnt know that the Science Museum of Minnesota, which he was then visiting with a summer program for North Dakotan high-school students, had them in their collection. He was shocked when he came across a cabinet containing two stuffed pigeons, a male and a female, mounted in lifelike poses. He was overcome by awe, sadness and the birds physical beauty: their bright auburn breasts, slate-gray backs and the dusting of iridescence around their napes that, depending on the light and angle, appeared purple, fuchsia or green. Before his chaperones dragged him out of the room, Novak snapped a photograph with his disposable camera. The flash was too strong, however, and when the film was processed several weeks later, he was haunted to discover that the photograph hadnt developed. It was blank, just a flash of white light.
In the decade since, Novak has visited 339 passenger pigeons at the Burke Museum in Seattle, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Harvards Ornithology Department, which has 145 specimens, including eight pigeon corpses preserved in jars of ethanol, 31 eggs and a partly albino pigeon.
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Bring back a species whose habitat has disappeared and would not be able to survive anyplace on the planet.
Now THAT’S a worthwhile endeavor.
“...The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes. He was 16. At 13, Novak vowed to devote his life to resurrecting extinct animals. At 14, he saw a photograph of a passenger pigeon in an Audubon Society book and fell in love...
Most boys that age are chasing girls...
This one’s chasing pigeons.
> Note. Not a michelle thread.
Wouldn’t such a thread have “Sasquatch”, “Wookie”, or “Gorilla” in the title?
Memorable and applicable lines from Redd Foxx:
“Why’n’choo go stick yo’ face in some dough an’ make gorilla cookies?!”
... or ...
“Why’n’choo go sleep on a rubber pillow and erase yo’ face?!”
> Note. Not a michelle thread.
LOL I needed a good chuckle.
Yeah but they are woolly!
We’ll need woolly animals if it gets much colder due to Global Warming.
Plus, this will justify massive land graps to protect an endangered species that is no longer really endangered because we can bring it back at any time.
/Sarcasm mode on hyperbole
Hmm...I could use a guard mammoth. BTT
Yep. There's a reason why species go extinct. It's been happening for 100's of millions of years, and will continue on so long as the planet is habitable.
And, to those who say "Man caused (XXXX) to go extinct!!!!", remember that man is a species, too. It's no different than if the passenger pigeons were all eaten by saber-toothed tigers.
just my $0.02.
Guess this is a man bites dog (or man loves pigeon) story.
Yeah, I thought of that. I'd let mine inside on the cold days. Train it to use a litter box. A big litter box.
Seattle is digging a tunnel under the waterfront. They found a 50,000 year old mammoth tusk which they sent to the University of Wash. Maybe our friend can restore it back to life. Who know what more prehistoric animals live down under the waterfront. The UW could have real zoo with our friends help.
Lets bring back giants, Chimeras, and all those forbidden beasts.
Chickens, pigeons... eh.. Love is a fowl thing, sometimes...
John Deere probably makes scoop that you can use to clean that litter box.
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