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Edna Carroll Chiappone
Edna Carroll Chiappone

So, does anyone think that there could be a reason they are no longer around. Nature should not be tampered with, survival of the fittest should be the key to knowing not to mess with the rest.

Gunnar Gylfason
Gunnar Gylfason

i had a fish that did this too, from Africa. in the store they where called yellow lab, and are from Lake malavy.

Alice Wonder
Alice Wonder

In all honesty, I would rather see resources being put towards preventing further extinctions. Even if we are able to clone this species, unless the problems that caused the extinction in the first place have been corrected, re-introduction into the wild will fail.

Furthermore, I fear that the ability to bring extinct species back may actually hinder conservation efforts, there will be less concern about preserving existing ecosystems if we can bring them back once extinct.

Finally, I don't see how we would be able to bring them back with enough genetic diversity to persist on their own. And the mtDNA would be radically different, would they really be the same species?

Cisco Cisco
Cisco Cisco

I am amazed by the variety of life and the versatility of its abilities to survive. In this case human intervention was needed. Thank you, good humans, who cared enough to say that this is life unique and all life is precious. Bless You, C N Cisco

Gong Min-ji
Gong Min-ji

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

Brandon Holt
Brandon Holt

@Alice Wonder While this particular species seems to have value in terms of medical research, the prevention of further extinctions among wildlife and habitats that are currently endangered is actually a reason we should consider bring back some extinct species. Some animals that have gone extinct due to human involvement were keystone species in their environments. They played very important roles that supported a plethora of other organisms that actually suffered greatly from the loss of such species. Bringing back such extinct animals can act as a tool to help us preserve other animals and habitats. 

Addressing the reasons that they went extinct is also very important. Some animals died out because of habitat loss. It's unlikely that those species could be successfully reintroduced unless their habitats are restored. But other species, such as the Cuban Makaw which went extinct due to over hunting for the pet trade, still have habitats that they can be returned to. 

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