10 animals that we should raise from the dead!


Before I get accused of attempting animal Necromancy this post is in light of the recent declaration by a group of scientists that they are going to look into the recreation of 22 species that where put into extinction. I thought it was be about time that I put my 2 cents in and added my ideas to the pool of species to get this treatment..

So without further adu here is Alexandre Rodriguez's list of ten animals that should be brought back from the dead!



 

Neanderthals

A Modern Reconstruction of a Neanderthal.

why we should

Here's where it gets interesting. If we resurrect this species of human we can answer a million questions archaeologists and evolutionary biologists have. From do they use language to their proficiency with tools to there relationship with archaic homo Sapiens this would blow the field wide open. Not only that but it would give us perspective on our own species and relise we are not all that unique.

why we shouldn’t

I do not think that there is not a strong reason why we shouldn't. However that being said it is very close to home for human cloning and people would no doubt be up in arms saying scientists are playing god and its wrong. The fact that most of these people believe the world is 6000 years old and humans were magicked into existence by a sky wizard in my opinion means they shouldn't have a say in this debate. For a more practical reason why not, we must look at the moral implications and ethical considerations of how this species would be monitored and tested, as lab conditions would be so unethical for a member of the Homo Genus. A huge amount of time and money would have to be poured into controlling the environment in which they would be placed.


Australopithecus Africanus

An Older Reconstruction of A.Africanus

why we should

A.Africanus is one of the key species in the development of the Australopithecus genus. Showing more modern features than A.Aferensis. This species is a crucial stepping stone in the evolution of humans. By reviving this species we would be able to determine information about how this species socialised and why the species, and therefore humans, are so different to other modern primates. Perhaps one of the most important aspects is again the use of language

why we shouldn’t

The same issues that present themselves with resurrecting the Neanderthals also apply to this species. Although environmental issues would no doubt be more easily managed than those surrounding the Neanderthals, largely due to the significant drop in intellect and territory size, it is perhaps likely to draw more criticism from the religious community.


Australopithecus Aferensis

A.Aferensis looking rather cheery.

why we should
Arguably the most famous member of the Gracile Australopithecus family (the less bulky members we evolved from) is Australopithecus Aferensis most famously represented by the specimen Lucy. This species should be resurrected for many of the same reasons as their later relatives A.Africanus. It would inform Archaeologists and scientists about our early development in ways long thought impossible to determine with large degrees of certainty.

why we shouldn’t

The same considerations of A.Africanus also come in to play with Lucy and her kin. Though in my opinion the pros far out weigh the cons.


Tyrannosaurus Rex

Hopefully this wouldn't happen after they were brought back.
 

why we should

we’ve all seen Jurassic park. How awesome would it to be to see the tyrant lizard king in the flesh in all its glory at a zoo or a Jurassic park style safari. Not only that but it would give scientists a chance to truly study this species.

why we shouldn’t

we’ve all seen Jurassic park. Last thing I would want is to have one of these things try to escape and eat me.


Velociraptor


Although perhaps not the most accurate portrayal of a Raptor, it is the definitive view.

why we should

The amount that scientists could figure out about this species from live specimens would be truly vast. From hunting habits to socialisation to mating rituals, a definitive torch could finally be shone on this mysterious and awe inspiring creature

why we shouldn’t

This is pretty much self evident. The last thing anyone would want is these things escaping into the wild and setting up a breeding population in the countryside. Not only would it be devastating to the local wildlife but I imagine old people and children would also go missing.


Triceratops

I could see these at the local farm.

why we should

If you ask someone to name their favourite dinosaurs, I guarantee that a triceratops will be a name they will bring up. This reason alone is enough in my opinion to warrant the resurrection of this species, however given the current academic debate surrounding the triceratops and whether or not it is its own distinct species or the juvenile of another, there are some serious scientific reasons why he should be brought back.

why we shouldn’t

Unlike there carnivorous friends it not the local wildlife or people that we would have to worry about with this species, but its impact on the foliage. The amount of greenery they would consume if they escaped would be significant to say the least.


Javan Tiger

It's sad to think it was still thriving as recently as 60 years ago.

why we should

This species of tiger inhabited the Indonesian isle of Java until mankind’s actions brought it to extinction in the 1970s. As it was us who destroyed this species it is only right that we are the ones to resurrect it.

why we shouldn’t

I honestly cannot think of a reason to leave this species extinct.


Baiji river dolphin

Baiji River Dolphin

why we should

This species of dolphin is from china and as of 2006 was thought to be extinct largely due to chinas industrialisation. That being said it is thought a couple may still exist but not enough to be a functioning population. A burst of new members of the species could save this magnificent creature if not out right de-extinct it.

why we shouldn’t

again there is no good reason why we shouldn’t be doing this or at least trying to.

Jaguars

The Majestic Jaguar

why we should

I was going to select one of the suspected extinct sub-species of jaguar however so many of them are so endangered that many conservation experts have no idea of how many species are lost to time. So it seems almost obvious that if a species can be restructured, the Jaguars deserve much attention. A comprehensive program could see this species rise again along with all its genetic variations, preserving this species for generations to come.


why we shouldn’t

The only issue with this approach to species conservation is that it could in many ways drive up poaching. With the acceptance that any species can be resurrected, many poachers may feel that it gives them free reign to “harvest” the remaining living population as it will be bought back at someone else's expense.


Imperial Woodpecker

Imperial Woodpecker

why we should

This species died off in the 1950s due entirely to humanity. In typical fashion they were subjected to the majority of things that are responsible to modern species extinction. From loss of environment to crazy local brews thought of as medicine to just being shot because people wanted to have a closer look at this bird, its no surprise they’re gone. It is our responsibility to bring this species back as we destroyed it.


why we shouldn’t

….....Nope I can't think of one good reason not to.

5 comments:

  1. It blows my mind that even addressing how to do this. I didn't realise that Neanderthals were so human!

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  2. The triceratops would make a great addition to a farm. Accept, you know the destroying of fences.

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  3. Science is truly awesome. Jurassic Park Here We Come.

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  4. I know its only early stages, and dinosaurs cant be brought back because no DNA has survived for them, but I am still so excited.

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