Let's face it. Aside from the horrible deaths that take place in the Jurassic Park franchise—and soon to be Jurassic World when it hits theaters on June 12—don't you think it would be a little bit (read: a lot a bit) cool to roam among the (friendly) dinosaurs?
Obviously we found ourselves asking questions such as "Is this realistic?" and "Could it happen?" But because we're journalists and not scientists, we left it up to them to figure it out for us. It turns out a park filled with "de-extincted" dinosaurs isn't possible because scientists don't have any of their DNA left, but scientists are, in fact, debating bringing back more recently extinct species such as the passenger pigeon!
Imagine a world where misconstrued text messages wouldn't be a thing. A world where romance could be reborn because your crush sent you a thoughtful, hand-written scroll. Sure, the time between conversations would be lagging, but at least chivalry could make a come back!
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According to The Independent, scientists in South Korea and Russia are collaborating on a project to bring back woolly mammoths. So, now not only are we dreaming of a real Jurassic World theme park, we now have to question everything we learned in Ice Age. We won't bore you with the specifics of how exactly they're planning on doing this, but know it involves DNA and implanting eggs. We'll let the scientists handle the rest.
They've already seen tons of progress in this project. George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University, told a TEDx conference two years ago that a living hybrid of an extinct animal and one currently living.
"We're preparing to make a hybrid elephant that would have the best features of modern elephants and the best features of mammoths," he said.
However, some are skeptical about the idea entirely. Why would scientists want to bring back extinct animals? What's the point? (Aside from it being awesome). Some worry that bringing back species might negatively affect biodiversity, while Church argues that it could only help living species as they could adapt to new climates.
"I have to admit that there is a part of me, the child or boy in me, that would love to see these majestic creatures walk across the permafrost once again," says Hendrik Poinar, principal investigator at the ancient DNA center at Canada's McMaster University. "I do have to admit that part of me, the adult in me, sometimes wonders whether or not we should."
This kind of science (like a lot of science) has definitely caused quite a debate! While we won't get to roam with brachiosauruses, there might be a chance extinct woolly mammoths could be staging a comeback.
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