Woolly Mammoth Resurrection

ffw2

Semi-Pro


Do you support bringing them back from the extinction vaults, Jurassic-Park-style?

Evidently, a biosciences company has raised $15 million toward the goal.

There are high-level geneticists who see them roaming Earth once more.

Ethical dilemma.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
No.... completely barbaric for the animal. China would simply swoop down and decimate the population, as they have African and Asian elephants. Poachers would sell their ivory to the heinous humans who buy it. There is no habitat available where the Wooly Mammoth could roam. Habitat encroachment from humans has decimated not only animal species, but insects and every other living thing that walks, crawls, swims or flies.

Really good question though, food for thought.
 

ffw2

Semi-Pro
No.... completely barbaric for the animal. China would simply swoop down and decimate the population, as they have African and Asian elephants. Poachers would sell their ivory to the heinous humans who buy it. There is no habitat available where the Wooly Mammoth could roam. Habitat encroachment from humans has decimated not only animal species, but insects and every other living thing that walks, crawls, swims or flies.

Really good question though, food for thought.
No denying the bolded. It's where we are.

While I am an idealist by nature, I am extremely pessimistic with regard to the current and future net effect of humanity on the planet.
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
I vaguely remember this being part of some plan to let the mammoths roam in Siberia to combat global warming. Sounds pretty wild to me, bit I'm not sure I have the same issues @BeatlesFan has, mostly seeing as they would roam in areas that are very difficult to access for humans and fairly sparsely populated even by animals. I see it as the opposite problem: mammoths encroaching on the living spaces of other animals, or possibly thriving to the point of disaster like hippopotami (hippopotamuses?) in South America without natural predators.

To preemptively answer the burning question as to how this is going to solve global warming, I'll try my best to explain from memory (I'm too lazy to look it up). The permafrost in Siberia contains lots of buried methane, and said permafrost has risen in temperature partially because of an increase in tree population. The mammoths would roam around and reduce the tree population, hence lowering the permafrost temps and subsequently keep all that methane trapped.

I'm not saying I expect this to work, that's just one justification for it.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster


Do you support bringing them back from the extinction vaults, Jurassic-Park-style?

Evidently, a biosciences company has raised $15 million toward the goal.

There are high-level geneticists who see them roaming Earth once more.

Ethical dilemma.
if they can do it,, just Do it,, NO ethical dilemma here. but i bet they can't do it yet. They tried to bring back Puma like creature that went extinct 20 years ago last year and they couldn't do it. They cloned 100 of these puma and all died except 1. and that one only lived for like 5 minutes:confused::confused:
 

ffw2

Semi-Pro
if they can do it,, just Do it,, NO ethical dilemma here. but i bet they can't do it yet. They tried to bring back Puma like creature that went extinct 20 years ago last year and they couldn't do it. They cloned 100 of these puma and all died except 1. and that one only lived for like 5 minutes:confused::confused:
Apparently, this process would involve hybridizing with African elephants. Genetic splicing or something.
 

Rosstour

Legend
Do you draw a line anywhere?

All discussion. Just gauging views.

Part of me feels like if this becomes reality, it sets in motion a whole string of events. Or at a minimum, copycat follow-ups.
Theoretically yes, I would draw the line somewhere. If an animal resurrection would aid the ecosystem, I'm all for it. I draw the line at harming the ecosystem.
 

ffw2

Semi-Pro
Apparently, this process would involve hybridizing with African elephants.
Correction: The cross would be with the Asian elephant, the mammoth's nearest living relative.

An interesting theory about our deep-seated interest in bringing these creatures back from the dead involves human guilt for having played a role in their demise.
 

ffw2

Semi-Pro
This is terrible. We should always remember the last time humans made something irreversible and much more stupid, when the covid virus leaked from a China lab while performing gain-of-function research.
They are vaccinating zoo animals these days.

Maybe they will genetically engineer the mammoth with some form of immunity.
 
Bring back Neanderthals |:^D
From what I understand, when many people (mostly my friends) have their DNA tested to determine their genealogy, they are told that they have a certain percentage of Neanderthal DNA. Just looking around, this would seem intuitively true. Apparently they are not as extinct as one might think.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
This is terrible. We should always remember the last time humans made something irreversible and much more stupid, when the covid virus leaked from a China lab while performing gain-of-function research.
... building rockets that fly themselves... one day these machines and spliced genetics will look at us and...

 

James P

G.O.A.T.
From what I understand, when many people (mostly my friends) have their DNA tested to determine their genealogy, they are told that they have a certain percentage of Neanderthal DNA. Just looking around, this would seem intuitively true. Apparently they are not as extinct as one might think.
My DNA is definitely 'thaling
 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
From what I understand, when many people (mostly my friends) have their DNA tested to determine their genealogy, they are told that they have a certain percentage of Neanderthal DNA. Just looking around, this would seem intuitively true. Apparently they are not as extinct as one might think.
Imagine if Neanderthal was a surname.
That would be very useful to track them.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
I don't really see the point in bringing back a species before fixing our environment enough to sustain the ones we already have. The tech could be useful, but I'm not optimistic about people erring only on the side of good for such science.
 

ffw2

Semi-Pro
I don't really see the point in bringing back a species before fixing our environment enough to sustain the ones we already have. The tech could be useful, but I'm not optimistic about people erring only on the side of good for such science.
Yeah, seems staggeringly short-sighted.

I mean, incredible that we're at the point where the technology exists to bring it to fruition...

Also cool that some of the people championing this cause were inspired by the author...

But come on.
 
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