PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Amandine Dandeneau
is passionate about animals, and enjoys learning about all kinds of creatures. For this reason, she is particularly fascinated by a new article from The Huffington Post that discusses the possibility of bringing animals such as the Woolly Mammoth, the carrier pigeon, and the dodo back from extinction. The article explains that advancements in technology might make it possible to resurrect these long-extinct animals. However, critics argue that this would be problematic, as these creatures would probably no longer be able to survive in the wild.
The idea of de-extinction has become a popular theory over the years, included as a focus in the novel and movie Jurassic Park. In 2003, biologists successfully brought back a Pyrenean ibex by creating a clone out of frozen tissues that were harvested from the last of these types of goats. However, the clone died within just minutes of its birth due to a lung problem. Though the experiment was not successful in the long run, it still proved to curious scientists and animal lovers that the idea is possible.
"We can use some of these techniques to actually help endangered species improve their long-term viability. Where it gets controversial is when we start talking about species that have been extinct for a very long period of time," explains Stanley Temple of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Some scientists have set their sights on bringing back the Woolly Mammoth, which is a relative of modern elephants that went extinct anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 years ago. There are a number of well-preserved mammoths that have been retrieved from the tundra. These animals' bodies still contain bone marrow, skin, hair, and fat. If scientists were able to eventually find a living mammoth cell, it might be possible to grow an embryo in the lab, which would then be implanted in a modern relative of the mammoth such as the elephant.
The challenges of this type of experiment are plentiful though. Even if scientists were able to find a living Mammoth cell--which is unlikely--it would be nearly impossible for the new creature to survive in today's environment. It would need the right food, habitat, and defensive skills in order to survive for the long term. For this reason, many critics say that the idea of reviving extinct animals is not a wise one.
"I don't think it has any merit at all. It totally ignores the very practical realities of what conservation is about," explains conservation ecologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University in North Carolina.
"While the idea certainly does present a number of challenges and concerns, it's a fascinating concept to think about for any animal lover. The animal world has evolved so much over the years, and it is interesting to think that we might be able to bring the past back to life," notes Amandine Dandeneau.
is a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, though she hails from Boca Raton, Florida. She is majoring in French, and hopes to pursue a career in nursing when she completes her education.