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Ten Extinct Beasts That Could Walk The Earth Again
News Scientist ^ | 1/07/2009 | Staff Writers

Posted on 01/09/2009 10:20:15 AM PST by ex-Texan

THE recipe for making any creature is written in its DNA. So last November, when geneticists published the near-complete DNA sequence of the long-extinct woolly mammoth, there was much speculation about whether we could bring this behemoth back to life.

Creating a living, breathing creature from a genome sequence that exists only in a computer's memory is not possible right now. But someone someday is sure to try it, predicts Stephan Schuster, a molecular biologist at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and a driving force behind the mammoth genome project.

So besides the mammoth, what other extinct beasts might we coax back to life?

Well, it is only going to be possible with creatures for which we can retrieve a complete genome sequence. Without one, there is no chance. And usually when a creature dies, the DNA in any flesh left untouched is soon destroyed as it is attacked by sunshine and bacteria.

There are, however, some circumstances in which DNA can be preserved. If your specimen froze to death in an icy wasteland such as Siberia, or snuffed it in a dark cave or a really dry region, for instance, then the probability of finding some intact stretches of DNA is much higher. * * *

Of course, bringing extinct creatures back to life raises a whole host of practical problems, such as where they will live, but let's not spoil the fun . . .

For Details About These Beasts Click Here

They inlcude the Sabre-Toothed Tiger and Neanderthal Man (Homo neanderthalensis) . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: cloning; extinctspecies; godsgravesglyphs; wackyscience
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Incredible wacky science. See live mammoths in the zoos. Sabre-Toothed Tigers and Neanderthal Man (Homo neanderthalensis) may stalk the streets of Detroit after they escape from laboratories. Invite a happy T-Rex to lunch.

Gobble, gobble. Slurp. Burp. Belch . . .LOL, LOL !

Insanity prevails. Really. The inmates are in charge of the asylum. Oh, well. Nothing to see here. Time to move on.

1 posted on 01/09/2009 10:20:16 AM PST by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan

Is one of them “Homo Sapien Conservatis?”


2 posted on 01/09/2009 10:21:11 AM PST by Slapshot68
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I’d pay to see a live woolly mammoth


3 posted on 01/09/2009 10:22:15 AM PST by TerP26
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To: TerP26

Oh...I thought this thread was gonna be about Helen Thomas..sorry...my bad..


4 posted on 01/09/2009 10:24:21 AM PST by gimme1ibertee (Sarahlution!!!!!)
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To: TerP26

I’ll pay to taste one too...


5 posted on 01/09/2009 10:24:41 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: ex-Texan
Ten extinct breasts?

What? Beasts?

It's Friday. Never mind.

6 posted on 01/09/2009 10:25:29 AM PST by llevrok (Feral Conservative)
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To: ex-Texan; All

I know science is evil right??


7 posted on 01/09/2009 10:26:00 AM PST by KevinDavis (Thomas Jefferson: A little rebellion now and then is a good thing)
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To: ex-Texan

Do you think they’ll ever be able to resurrect a “conservative” ? I haven’t seen one in the White House in forever ...

Interesting article though, my son did a report on cloning and he really hopes to see a wooly mammoth some day ...


8 posted on 01/09/2009 10:26:49 AM PST by Scythian
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To: ex-Texan

I’m just hoping one is a Conservative Legislator!!


9 posted on 01/09/2009 10:27:27 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: ex-Texan

A Detroit Lion who actually knows how to play football?


10 posted on 01/09/2009 10:27:28 AM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: ex-Texan

I’m taking a wild shot on this before reading the comments,............Helen Thomas???????????


11 posted on 01/09/2009 10:27:57 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: stanz

ping


12 posted on 01/09/2009 10:28:35 AM PST by nutmeg (No terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11/01. Thank you President Bush.)
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To: ex-Texan
We need the Deltas and Gammas and Epsilons of Brave New World.
13 posted on 01/09/2009 10:28:50 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: ex-Texan
Homo neanderthalensis...

Aren't they already doing Geico commericals?

14 posted on 01/09/2009 10:29:08 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: ex-Texan
As Ian Malcolm says in Jurassic Park, "you were so busy trying to see if you could, you didn't stop to think if you should."
15 posted on 01/09/2009 10:31:32 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.-Robert E.Lee)
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To: ex-Texan

I vote for the Dodo and the Giant Beaver!


16 posted on 01/09/2009 10:31:49 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing! I'm a doctor, and I won't touch that thing!)
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To: Abathar

And I’ll pay to harvest it for you! Imagine what a neat shoulder mount it would make. It would certainly be taller than my walls. Another good reason to buy some ‘distressed’ property.


17 posted on 01/09/2009 10:31:49 AM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: ex-Texan

Its as if nobody has seen Jurasic Park or I Am Legend.

Personally, this stuff scared the hell out of me.


18 posted on 01/09/2009 10:32:31 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: TerP26

Or a SaberTooth.

My call - the Chinese do it. For zoological and gastronomical reasons.

SaberTooth Tiger Penis Soup.


19 posted on 01/09/2009 10:32:31 AM PST by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: ex-Texan

How about a conservative Republican Party !!!!


20 posted on 01/09/2009 10:32:40 AM PST by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: ex-Texan

Does this mean we can do away with the Endangered Species Act?


21 posted on 01/09/2009 10:32:58 AM PST by ChiefJayStrongbow
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To: gimme1ibertee

Giant beaver? Wouldn’t Oprah qualify?


22 posted on 01/09/2009 10:33:14 AM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: ex-Texan
Glyptodon
(Doedicurus clavicaudatus)

Extinct: ~11,000 years ago

The Volkswagen Beetle-sized "colossal" armadillo, with its spiky, club-like tail, once rumbled across the South American countryside, and some might fancy seeing it do so again.

Finally an armadillo that will be able to cross the road.

23 posted on 01/09/2009 10:35:17 AM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: KevinDavis
Not necessarily evil but sometimes scientists are aware of all potential consequences. Example: A great woolly mammoth is created in the lab and at the same time a dangerous blood disease is recreated that is hidden in the tissue Another Example: We all saw the movies about Jurassic Park. Watch the film on DVD.
24 posted on 01/09/2009 10:35:59 AM PST by ex-Texan (Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20)
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To: ex-Texan

If theyr’e going to revive species, bring back the Carolina Parakeet. Hunted to extinction by the 1930’s for its feathers, used in women’s hats. It was the only native North American species of parrot, with natural habitat ranging from southern Virginia down to Florida, and west into Alabama and Mississippi.

http://www.avianweb.com/carolinaconures.html


25 posted on 01/09/2009 10:36:35 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: 12Gauge687

My largest caliber is a .340 Weatherby Magnum.

If I ever had the chance to shoot one of those my CNC lathe would be turning some nice, hard bronze slugs for it again.


26 posted on 01/09/2009 10:36:41 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: ex-Texan

Sabre-toothed tiger (Smilodon fatalis)

Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis)

Short-faced bear (Arctodus simus)

Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus)

Glyptodon (Doedicurus clavicaudatus)

Woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis)

Dodo (Raphus cucullatus)

Giant ground sloth (Megatherium americanum)

Moa (Dinornis robustus)

Irish elk (Megaloceros giganteus)

Giant beaver (Castoroides ohioensis)

Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) [almost extinct, they say]

Typical. 11 or 12 beasties in the 10 beast list...


27 posted on 01/09/2009 10:36:41 AM PST by null and void (Amendment 28: Islam is not recognized as an established religion in the United States. ~ farmer18th)
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To: 12Gauge687

Nah, you’re thinking of Whoppie Goldberg, if Ted Danson has any credibility at all.


28 posted on 01/09/2009 10:37:41 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: ex-Texan; All

Yes I have seen it, but it is just a movie...


29 posted on 01/09/2009 10:38:29 AM PST by KevinDavis (Thomas Jefferson: A little rebellion now and then is a good thing)
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To: ex-Texan

A quagga would be very cool.

http://www.zsm.mwn.de/mam/i/quagga.jpg


30 posted on 01/09/2009 10:38:35 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: ex-Texan

what other extinct beasts might we coax back to life?

Conservative Republicanus but I suppose there will be a law
against that by then.

Oh, and my favorite quote....

“Sure, first there’s the Ooooos and Ahhhhhs, then there’s
the running and the screaming.”


31 posted on 01/09/2009 10:39:31 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: KarlInOhio

LOL yes, we would see CARS upside down in the road instead!


32 posted on 01/09/2009 10:41:23 AM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: tet68

That’s a good excuse for a new tag line...


33 posted on 01/09/2009 10:41:29 AM PST by null and void ("Sure, first there’s the Ooooos and Ahhhhhs, then there’s the running and the screaming.”)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash

“I’m just hoping one is a Conservative Legislator!!”

I’d be satisfied with one who had a brain bigger than an acorn!


34 posted on 01/09/2009 10:41:46 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: ex-Texan
They had their chance and lost. Chaos, I tell you. Chaos.
35 posted on 01/09/2009 10:41:51 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: ex-Texan
Bring it on! I have been reading news items like this for years, and I am starting to get impatient!

I want them to bring back wooly mammoths, giant sloths, etcetera. How cool would that be? Imagine the hunting!

Science is just moving too damn slow! They need to crank up this sort of science. Genetic engineering in particular. I want corn on the cob as long as my arm. I want a herd of miniature cows for my back yard. Just think, you could grill a whole side of mini-beef! I want a genetic combination of coffee and tobacco.

Someday, they will figure out how to make a living couch. It will be soft, warm and furry and able to survive on nothing more than butt sweat and the crumbs that fall between the cushions.

36 posted on 01/09/2009 10:42:53 AM PST by shempy (BOYCOTT GM & CHRYSLER - support American VALUES!)
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To: ex-Texan

While no one is talking seriously of bringing back Neanderthals (as per the linked article), I would love to see any and all of the other species mentioned brought back. More power to them!


37 posted on 01/09/2009 10:43:13 AM PST by GL of Sector 2814
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To: ex-Texan
"..such as where they will live.."

Might find some repo houses in Tarzana.

Get'em cheap, too!

38 posted on 01/09/2009 10:47:18 AM PST by Designer (We are SO scrood!)
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To: ex-Texan

Isn’t this a lot like bailing out failed companies?

I mean, they didn’t make it the first time they were here.


39 posted on 01/09/2009 10:50:00 AM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Yes, I could go for a return of the Carolina parakeet. And the ivory-billed woodpecker too.

(It's been more than two years now and nothing from the Arkansas swamps. It's almost certainly extinct.)

40 posted on 01/09/2009 10:50:07 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: Abathar

Same here.

Wonder what the bag limit will be.....


41 posted on 01/09/2009 10:51:51 AM PST by 2111USMC
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To: ex-Texan
It's already been done. Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I'm just a caveman. I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW.. and run off into the hills, or wherever.. Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder: "Did little demons get inside and type it?" I don't know! My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts. But there is one thing I do know - when a man like my client slips and falls on a sidewalk in front of a public library, then he is entitled to no less than two million in compensatory damages, and two million in punitive damages. Thank you.

42 posted on 01/09/2009 10:53:04 AM PST by rednesss (Fred Thompson - 2008)
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To: tet68
Regarding one of your favorite quotes -


43 posted on 01/09/2009 10:54:31 AM PST by ex-Texan (Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20)
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To: rednesss

Thats a classic. I actually think about those skits quite a bit.. Strange huh?


44 posted on 01/09/2009 10:55:49 AM PST by scfischer7
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To: GL of Sector 2814

...We all ready have Neanderthals. I’ve worked with them for years in the constrution business. Big, dumb and stupid. Uppp, sorry, my mistake, they’re just hillbilly farm boys from NC and KY. Jarhead, no talent, cracker a&&holes...

...”Aum th bess, evabody wonts mue”...

...Do I sound bitter???


45 posted on 01/09/2009 10:59:43 AM PST by gargoyle (..."If this be treason, make the most of it.". Patrick Henry...)
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To: gargoyle

Yes. Yes you do.


46 posted on 01/09/2009 11:00:41 AM PST by GL of Sector 2814
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To: scfischer7

I always liked Phil Hartman, sad that he didn’t choose his spouses better.


47 posted on 01/09/2009 11:01:16 AM PST by rednesss (Fred Thompson - 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG ping


48 posted on 01/09/2009 11:01:32 AM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: rednesss
I blame Andy Dick!

Ok, not really, but still....what an ass.

49 posted on 01/09/2009 11:03:11 AM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?)
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To: null and void

I would most definitely take out the Neanderthal for ethical reasons, and would substitute it with the passenger pigeon.

Frankly, if they’re going to give do-overs to some species, it should be those that we killed off, not those that disappeared hundreds of thousands of years ago.


50 posted on 01/09/2009 11:04:19 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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