Created By: zarpaulus on September 20, 2012

Cloning Extinct Species

Recreating animals that died out long ago through genetic engineering

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For some reason certain people get the idea of resurrecting long extinct species by cloning them. Never mind the issues with finding enough intact DNA or a compatible species to provide donor eggs and a uterus.

  • Jurassic Park is probably the Ur-Example.
  • In Existence chimeric neanderthals eventually become one of five recognized varieties of human. In the very end it's said that some of the Emissaries were enticed to cooperate with the new Artifact plan by offering to resurrect their species using salvaged alien technology that could create cells from scratch
  • The Mac game Nanosaur is about genetically engineered sapient raptors from the 41st century going back in time to retrieve dinosaur eggs.
  • In Schlock Mercenary apatasauri are occasionally mentioned on the news as zoo animals, in one "Schlocktoberfest" arc a Mad Scientist introduces Megalodons to a terraformed Pleasure Planet.
  • In Fellowship of Heroes a "Dr. Yesterday" cloned dinosaurs in sufficient numbers that a couple of states had to be evacuated, Texas domesticated them however, resulting in mammoth steaks and brachiosaur rodeos.
  • Orion's Arm features lazurogenics, which has reconstructed and many extinct or even cryptozoological species. Most of them have been provolved such as the Toh Chi Lok, some of whom have transcended to form the archailect "The Archosaurian Entity
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • September 20, 2012
    Pokemon has used this several times in Red/Blue/Yellow version and in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald version with the help of the local high-tech corporation in the area.
  • September 20, 2012
    I have a feeling I've seen this already. Anyways,

    See also Fossil Revival.
  • September 20, 2012
    Real Life
    • In 2009 it was reported that scientists had cloned a bucardo, a subspecies of Spanish ibex that became extinct in 2000. The clone died only minutes after birth.

    • There are numerous projects underway to create a viable clone of an extinct animal, including a joint Russian-Japanese project attempting to clone a wooly mammoth.

    ^ The Fossil Revival trope seems to cover this (and includes both of my Real Life examples), although the name of that trope seems to preclude the cloning of recently extinct animals. A nitpick about a trope's name probably doesn't warrant a brand new trope though.
  • September 4, 2017
    I suppose this could be a sub-trope of fossil revival.