Monday, May 27, 2013

Why Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back from the Dead Miss the Point

Why Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back from the Dead Miss the Point:
“We will get woolly mammoths back.” So vowed environmentalist Stewart Brand at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., in February in laying out his vision for reviving extinct species. The mammoth isn't the only vanished creature Brand and other proponents of “de-extinction” want to resurrect. The passenger pigeon, Caribbean monk seal and great auk are among the other candidates--all species that blinked out at least in part because of Homo sapiens . “Humans have made a huge hole in nature in the last 10,000 years,” Brand asserted. “We have the ability now--and maybe the moral obligation--to repair some of the damage.”
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