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Should We Clone Extinct Animals?:

 51 Deboss, Wed, 23rd Nov '11 11:39:26 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Or to eat them. I'm sure extinct species are the most delicious, that's why they got eaten.
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I don't know, the dodo was appearently fowl tasting.
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 53 Hellman Sabian, Sat, 26th Nov '11 8:05:28 AM from The United Kingdom Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
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 55 Psyga 315, Sat, 26th Nov '11 12:51:38 PM from Dungeons & Dragons No Sekai Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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Plus cloned animals are gonna be too stupid to actually hunt for food like in the movie.
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 56 The Bat Pencil, Sun, 27th Nov '11 8:07:16 AM from Glasgow, Scotland Relationship Status: I'm just a hunk-a, hunk-a burnin' love
Obviously you can't reintroduce these species to the wild, but absolutely we should clone extinct animals if we ever get the resources to do that. Aside from the Rule of Cool I think it's important that we help preserve the awesome kinds of life on Earth, what with us being the only ones who can.

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 57 ATC, Mon, 28th Nov '11 6:38:57 AM from The Library of Kiev
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Yes, we probably should clone extinct animals, but for obvious reason (invasive species), we can't release them into nature.
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We could if they occupied now empty ecological niches. For example, reintroducing thylacines, which were important predators in Tasmania; now that dingoes are gone from southern Australia, reintroduction of thylacines there could also occur.
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 59 larynxist, Mon, 28th Nov '11 12:38:24 PM from her mother`s basement
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[up]It would be difficult to predict all of the consequences of reintroducing these animals, and disastrous if we make the wrong call.

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Well, reintroducing the small varieties of plesiosaur would be awesome.
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 61 Noir Grimoir, Mon, 28th Nov '11 6:28:42 PM from San Diego, CA
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I fully support cloning terror birds. Just because I think it would make life more interesting.
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Being killed and eaten by something that goofy-looking would add insult to injury.

edited 29th Nov '11 1:44:10 AM by Carciofus

But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

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 64 Lawyerdude, Thu, 1st Dec '11 10:56:21 AM from my secret moon base
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We should bring back the Hyracotherium. They were like fox-sized horses. Adorable!
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 65 Werty Yertrew, Sun, 4th Dec '11 10:18:52 PM from the cusp of the new world. Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
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I'm not really sure. Cloning them for research abilities would be nice to increase our understanding of evolution, but then you've got unfortunate moral implications to deal with. Cloning them and releasing them into the wild would be... well, awesome, but it'll wreak havoc on the present natural ecosystem where animals wouldn't normally need or have adaptations necessary to deal with animals from millions of years ago.
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 66 Marker Mage, Mon, 5th Dec '11 8:25:25 AM from My own little world
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Who says that we'd have to release the clones into the wild?
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 67 Noir Grimoir, Tue, 6th Dec '11 10:41:18 PM from San Diego, CA
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Aww, disappointment...
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What about extinct animals which relied on wildly different environmental conditions?

For example, who would not love having dragonflies with a 75 cm (2.5 ft) wingspan flying around? But on the other hand, it is doubtful whether such an organism could even survive in an atmosphere with the current oxygen concentration: its respiratory system, like most insects', was rather primitive...

[up]Yeah, I agree with the article. Cloning mammoths within five years seems fairly unrealistic. Give it twenty more years, at least.

edited 6th Dec '11 11:17:42 PM by Carciofus

But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.

 69 Marker Mage, Wed, 7th Dec '11 7:58:44 AM from My own little world
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So we just keep the dragonfly in a room that's having extra oxygen pumped in and let visitors view it through a window.
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 70 Noir Grimoir, Wed, 7th Dec '11 4:01:34 PM from San Diego, CA
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I don't fish, but giant dragonfly would probably make awesome fishing-tackle.
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