"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Jurassic Park Come to Life

Can Jurassic Park come to life? Well, the answer to that is no. But can Ice Age Park come to life? The answer to that is maybe. Dinosaurs died hundreds of millions of years ago, so their DNA is very hard to get from fossils. But Ice Age creatures like the Wooly Mammoth can be resurrected. Also, many modern animal extinctions will be brought back to life, such as the Passenger Pigeon. The steps to bring back these animals are:
1) Find fossils of those animals and then find DNA.
2) Incubate and multiply the DNA with a host animal nucleus (ex: woolly mammoth and elephant).
3) Cells would start to form and multiply.
4) It will hopefully develop into an animal.

The top animals on the list are:

Woolly Mammoth (Extinct around 10,000 BC)

Gastric Brooding Frog (Extinct in the 1980's)

Passenger Pigeon (Extinct in 1914)

Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger (Extinct in 1930's)

Pyrenean Ibex (Extinct in 2000)

Saber-Toothed Cat (Extinct around 10,000 BC)

Dodo Bird (Extinct around late 1700's)

Ground Sloth (Extinct around 10,000 BC)

Irish Elk (Extinct around 10,000 BC)

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