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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 ...


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To: ex-Texan
They inlcude the Sabre-Toothed Tiger and Neanderthal Man (Homo neanderthalensis) . . .
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OOO...I can see it now! Cool saber tooth designer pets!

Neaderthal man....Now that would be an abomination.

51 posted on 01/09/2009 11:04:54 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are NOT stupid)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I vote for the Dodo and the Giant Beaver!

so did Aeneas.

52 posted on 01/09/2009 11:05:59 AM PST by Peelod (God bless America)
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To: 2111USMC

No limit, but you have to pack it out on foot...


53 posted on 01/09/2009 11:07:18 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: ex-Texan

It seems that Keynesians should be on the list, although they have already been resurrected, and appear to have multiplied rapidly.


54 posted on 01/09/2009 11:07:24 AM PST by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: Peelod

Oh... you’re bad! Clever, but bad...


55 posted on 01/09/2009 11:07:28 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: GL of Sector 2814

...Good, I thought it was just me...

...It’s Ok. I’m working on it every day...


56 posted on 01/09/2009 11:09:53 AM PST by gargoyle (..."If this be treason, make the most of it.". Patrick Henry...)
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To: Peelod

Which Aeneas?

Aeneas Silvius, mythological king of Alba Longa
Aeneas Tacticus (fl. 4th century BC), Greek writer
Aeneas of Gaza (fl. 5th century AD), philosopher
Modern
Aeneas de Caprara (1631-1701), Austrian field marshall
Aeneas Chigwedere (b. 1939), Zimbabwean politician
Aeneas Coffey (1780-1852), inventor of the Coffey still
Æneas baron Mackay (1839-1909), prime minister of the Netherlands
Æneas Shaw (c.1740–1814), soldier and politician of Upper Canada
Aeneas Williams (b. 1968), U.S. athlete
Ships


57 posted on 01/09/2009 11:11:27 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: wintertime

An "abomination"?

58 posted on 01/09/2009 11:12:48 AM PST by Inappropriate Laughter
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To: Inappropriate Laughter

laughing and laughing!


59 posted on 01/09/2009 11:15:02 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are NOT stupid)
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To: 12Gauge687

LOL!I do believe she would! :P


60 posted on 01/09/2009 11:15:33 AM PST by gimme1ibertee (Sarahlution!!!!!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
The once and future pius Aeneas.
61 posted on 01/09/2009 11:19:31 AM PST by Peelod (God bless America)
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To: All
Can we bring back the Andrewsarchus? Then maybe I wouldn't get such a bad rap.

signed,
pit bull

62 posted on 01/09/2009 11:22:55 AM PST by WillVoteForFood
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To: Peelod

Ah! The time traveler Aeneas! Gotcha.


63 posted on 01/09/2009 11:28:40 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: ex-Texan
Ex-Texan
First, there is no such thing as an ex Texan. Former Texan yes.
My selection for bringing back would be the Passenger Pigeon. There use to be millions of them, in fact some reports said that the sun would be blocked out just from the flight of them.

The very best to you and yours.
Semper Fi
Texican

64 posted on 01/09/2009 11:47:36 AM PST by Texican (This FORMER MARINE will never in his life time "Cut and Run" I dig Dagny Taggart)
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To: TerP26

I vote for the Tasmanian Tiger. Went extinct in the 1930s. There are specimens preserved in alcohol.


65 posted on 01/09/2009 11:59:13 AM PST by Otho
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To: shempy; Darksheare
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.

Ping

66 posted on 01/09/2009 12:00:32 PM 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: ex-Texan

I guess my plans to buy some land in the northwest territories and start a mammoth ranch aren’t so crazy after all.


67 posted on 01/09/2009 12:25:58 PM PST by BJClinton
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To: null and void; shempy
You rang?
68 posted on 01/09/2009 12:31:19 PM PST by Darksheare (Hi, I'm D-sheare, and I am proud to inform you of your Impending Typos!)
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To: Slapshot68

Can we bring back Dorothy Stratten?


69 posted on 01/09/2009 12:40:24 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: nutmeg

The most current mass extinction was the GOP.


70 posted on 01/09/2009 1:09:13 PM PST by stanz (Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
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To: ex-Texan
Neanderthal Man (Homo neanderthalensis) may stalk the streets of Detroit after they escape from laboratories.

I think that has already happened.

71 posted on 01/09/2009 1:20:55 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Silly muslim persons! I fling my pigskin shoes in your general direction!)
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The Neandertal Enigma
by James Shreeve
Frayer's own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons. One such trait is the shape of the opening of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, a spot where dentists often give a pain-blocking injection. In many Neandertal, the upper portion of the opening is covered by a broad bony ridge, a curious feature also carried by a significant number of Cro-Magnons. But none of the alleged 'ancestors of us all' fossils from Africa have it, and it is extremely rare in modern people outside Europe." [pp 126-127]

72 posted on 01/09/2009 1:35:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (First 2009 Profile update Tuesday, January 6, 2009___________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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73 posted on 01/09/2009 1:35:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (First 2009 Profile update Tuesday, January 6, 2009___________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: KevinDavis
I know science is evil right??

No, science is morally neutral. The problem is, too many scientists are morally reprobate these days.
74 posted on 01/09/2009 1:39:34 PM PST by Antoninus (America didn't turn away from conservatism, they turned away from many who faked it. - Mark Sanford)
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To: gargoyle

Uhmm.... just a teensy, weensy, ity bit. :-)


75 posted on 01/09/2009 2:38:01 PM PST by RikaStrom (Bitter? Who me? Nah, I'm just clinging to my guns!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Not on the list—A passenger Pigeon. We have the last ones who died in 1924 frozen. They were said to be good eating—thats why they are extinct. Raise them and sell them to restaurants. I would pay for a passenger pigeon pie.


76 posted on 01/09/2009 2:49:28 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: null and void

They were added as earmarked earmarks.


77 posted on 01/09/2009 3:13:39 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I vote for the Dodo and the Giant Beaver!

I've encountered both and frankly, I'm not interested.

78 posted on 01/09/2009 3:21:01 PM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Max in Utah

“I vote for the Dodo and the Giant Beaver!
I’ve encountered both and frankly, I’m not interested.”

Well,,, I’d pay good money to eat a Dodo burger. But,,, the Giant Beaver???? No way!


79 posted on 01/09/2009 3:59:42 PM 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: ex-Texan

10?

Dragons, Elves, Ents, Andorans; Tribbles, Eewoks, unicorns, Cyclops, Conservatives, non-violent Muslims...naw; that last one is a fictional creature


80 posted on 01/09/2009 4:13:12 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: KarlInOhio

“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.”

This would work well for border patrol.


81 posted on 01/09/2009 5:53:41 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG)
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To: ex-Texan

January 20th, an extinct Beast will come back to life; the Clinton Administration.


82 posted on 01/09/2009 6:46:10 PM PST by Redcitizen (This tagline is 100% recycled from other taglines.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Finally an armadillo that will be able to cross the road.

Pshaw.

Just contact the Lone Star Beer Company. I believe they know where the giant armadillo is.

83 posted on 01/09/2009 6:56:38 PM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: TerP26
I’d pay to see a live woolly mammoth

Why would you? They were just big hairy Elephants. Except for the fur coat and longer tusks they were basically the same. Now, if you are talking T-Rex I might pay to see one but it had better be contained very well indeed.

On the serious side, I think we should leave well enough alone, there is a reason these animals are extinct and it isn't because humans killed them off.

84 posted on 01/09/2009 8:02:32 PM PST by calex59
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To: KarlInOhio

Armadillo tastes like chicken. Really it does. Too bad they carry leprosy.


85 posted on 01/10/2009 8:22:37 AM PST by wildbill
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To: gargoyle

we alrady have Neanderthals. Predominant characteristic is red hair. The Scots.

And we want your cattle and lassies.


86 posted on 01/10/2009 8:32:25 AM PST by wildbill
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To: ex-Texan
anyone have any Ronald Reagan DNA?

.

87 posted on 01/10/2009 8:32:49 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I thought of the passenger pidgeon also. MMMMMM> pidgeon pie was a delicacy often mentioned in early American journals.


88 posted on 01/10/2009 8:33:31 AM PST by wildbill
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To: Antoninus; KevinDavis

Replace “scientist” with “churchgoer” and the statement remains equally true.

Just saying.


89 posted on 01/10/2009 8:36:35 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: ex-Texan
Even if the specimen is dried or frozen, depurination leads to a DNA sequence that is impossible to reconstruct with certainty. Trying to go from that reconstructed DNA to a living organism is pretty unlikely.

From this source: The production of authentic ancient DNA sequences is plagued by five major difficulties that we will discuss in this chapter. These are (i) polymerase errors resulting from experimental conditions and/or inhibitors of the fossil extract, (ii) modification of ancient DNA sequences carrying miscoding lesions, (iii) contamination by modern DNA (including products of previous PCR and cloning reactions), (iv) modification of contaminant DNA (i.e., DNA of more recent origin that has been modified by natural processes or decontamination procedures such as UV irradiation and/or treatment with bleach), (v) production by jumping PCR of chimeric PCR products between depurinated “fossil” DNA fragments, possibly of a different origin, and contaminating modern DNA molecules.

See also McMaster Ancient DNA Centre.
90 posted on 01/10/2009 8:38:02 AM PST by aruanan
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To: dfwgator
A Detroit Lion who actually knows how to play football?

No. You can only recover DNA from creatures that once existed.

91 posted on 01/10/2009 10:26:53 AM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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