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[–] ArsCortica 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I definitely don't think it would be great reclone the Wooly Mammoth. It would not even be able to survive in our most environments throughout the world, unless it was put in a frozen exhibit at a Zoo.

I actually recall there was some Russian guy who specifically wanted to reclone Mammoths to use them as forestry animals in the Russian Taiga, or something thatalike. That being said, I see your point - animal species usually go extinct for a reason.

[–] 1Iron_Curtain 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That sounds like a good idea. The Russians can be inventive in strange ways like that. I don't know if an animal species goes extinct for a reason.

Dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago because of the impact of a meteor, although there was a Dinosaur spotted 64 million years ago, but by that time their numbers were so low probably and they had poor selection of vegetation so they went extinct. I am almost under the belief that humans could have existed that far back and hunted the remaining ones out of existence. The other thinking is that some carnivorous dinosaurs ate out the ones who ate the dinosaurs who were vegetarians and then had no real food supply and gradually went extinct. I think this argument sounds more logical.

What do you think of recloning a Neanderthal? I know there would be ethical concerns, but frankly speaking I think the European Neanderthals, especially the ones from Northwestern Europe are much smarter than a human would conceptualize and they might be like us in some manner too. I don't see the practical purport of this either.

[–] ArsCortica 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What do you think of recloning a Neanderthal?

No. Just no. Cloning Mammoths as work animals is one thing, but cloning a potentially sapient species just for shit and giggles (and, as usual, military purposes) is one different thing entirely. The moment a living being recognizes it is only kept alive for the purpose of being a glorified freakshow is the precise moment where things go too far.

[–] Saufsoldat 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

animal species usually go extinct for a reason.

Yeah, humans. At least for megafauna, humans are the number one cause of extinction.