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Old 07-18-2023, 07:58 AM
 
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I've been in love with elephants since the day I was born, so Wooly Mammoth.

Other: Pterodactyl, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker.
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Old 07-18-2023, 08:29 AM
 
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Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis).
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Old 07-18-2023, 08:36 AM
 
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dodo bird
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Old 07-18-2023, 08:39 AM
 
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Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis).
Did you know that some of us have Neanderthal DNA? So...you might be seeing Neanderthal and not even know it. ;-)
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Old 07-18-2023, 08:55 AM
 
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Did you know that some of us have Neanderthal DNA? So...you might be seeing Neanderthal and not even know it. ;-)
Yes, but I'm holding out for actual Neanderthals.

I've always been fascinated by the concept of sapient intelligence other than our own.
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Old 07-18-2023, 09:03 AM
 
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I would like to see the Carolina Parakeet make a comeback. The last one in captivity died in 1918. They were the only native parrot to North America, and there used to be flocks of millions. Farmers tended to hate them because they would eat certain crops.

But I think it'd be so cool to see glimpses of them flying around among the bluffs of the Mississippi River.
That sounds pretty good to me.
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Old 07-18-2023, 11:50 AM
 
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Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis).
I'll vote for that.

They've sequenced a complete Neanderthal genome, so in theory it is possible to recreate the species, or at least an individual with the Neanderthal genome.

What would such a creature look like? Well, it might look like an ordinary human, or it (let's say "he" from now on) might be short, very stocky and powerfully built, with a large cranium, wide face, long nose, and heavy eyebrows.

Neanderthal bones have larger muscle attachment sites than modern human bones, suggesting they were much stronger. Some say, 10-12 times stronger than humans. They had larger brain cases, possibly to accommodate better visual and auditory acuity, and possibly stronger sense of smell.

The ethicists say, no, we shouldn't do this because, well, it's unethical. The organism we create might be very defective, might not fit in with modern children, might not eat a modern diet (neanderthals supposedly didn't eat grains, though it's pretty obvious they ate pretty much anything they could get their hands on -- fruit, plants, animals, probably insects).

I say, go for it.

One warning though about woolly mammoths and other mega-fauna. They lived in a pretty savage era. Mammoths and mastodons are thought to have been very ferocious, much more aggressive than modern-day elephants. If one saw you, it would likely charge and kill you immediately. So if you see a mastodon, hide.
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Old 07-18-2023, 12:56 PM
 
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I'll vote for that.

They've sequenced a complete Neanderthal genome, so in theory it is possible to recreate the species, or at least an individual with the Neanderthal genome.

What would such a creature look like? Well, it might look like an ordinary human, or it (let's say "he" from now on) might be short, very stocky and powerfully built, with a large cranium, wide face, long nose, and heavy eyebrows.

Neanderthal bones have larger muscle attachment sites than modern human bones, suggesting they were much stronger. Some say, 10-12 times stronger than humans. They had larger brain cases, possibly to accommodate better visual and auditory acuity, and possibly stronger sense of smell.

The ethicists say, no, we shouldn't do this because, well, it's unethical. The organism we create might be very defective, might not fit in with modern children, might not eat a modern diet (neanderthals supposedly didn't eat grains, though it's pretty obvious they ate pretty much anything they could get their hands on -- fruit, plants, animals, probably insects).

I say, go for it.

One warning though about woolly mammoths and other mega-fauna. They lived in a pretty savage era. Mammoths and mastodons are thought to have been very ferocious, much more aggressive than modern-day elephants. If one saw you, it would likely charge and kill you immediately. So if you see a mastodon, hide.
What?? You mean...they're NOT shy and gentle creatures? LOL
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Old 07-18-2023, 03:04 PM
 
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Saber tooth tiger. The Apex predator of all.
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Old 07-18-2023, 03:09 PM
 
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I'll vote for that.

They've sequenced a complete Neanderthal genome, so in theory it is possible to recreate the species, or at least an individual with the Neanderthal genome.

What would such a creature look like? Well, it might look like an ordinary human, or it (let's say "he" from now on) might be short, very stocky and powerfully built, with a large cranium, wide face, long nose, and heavy eyebrows.

Neanderthal bones have larger muscle attachment sites than modern human bones, suggesting they were much stronger. Some say, 10-12 times stronger than humans. They had larger brain cases, possibly to accommodate better visual and auditory acuity, and possibly stronger sense of smell.

The ethicists say, no, we shouldn't do this because, well, it's unethical. The organism we create might be very defective, might not fit in with modern children, might not eat a modern diet (neanderthals supposedly didn't eat grains, though it's pretty obvious they ate pretty much anything they could get their hands on -- fruit, plants, animals, probably insects).

I say, go for it.

One warning though about woolly mammoths and other mega-fauna. They lived in a pretty savage era. Mammoths and mastodons are thought to have been very ferocious, much more aggressive than modern-day elephants. If one saw you, it would likely charge and kill you immediately. So if you see a mastodon, hide.
If scientists could recreate a Neanderthal being, it would be incredibly cruel to the created one. I hope this never happens.
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