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Berkely scientists plan to "Jurassic Park" some extinct pigeons back to life

phenopticon (872198) writes | about a year ago

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phenopticon writes "Researchers at Berkeley have decided to attempt to revive the extinct passenger pigeon in order to set up a remote island theme park full of resurrected semi-modern extinct animals. Well, they're doing the first part anyway. Maybe not so much the part about the remote island.

About 1,500 passenger pigeons inhabit museum collections. They are all that’s left of a species once perceived as a limitless resource. The birds were shipped in boxcars by the tons, sold as meat for 31 cents per dozen, and plucked for mattress feathers. But in a mere 25 years, the population shrank from billions to thousands as commercial hunters decimated nesting flocks. Martha, the last living bird, took her place under museum glass in 1914."

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