Watch: 10 Phenomenal Animals We Could Bring Back From Extinction

Thanks to some scraps of DNA and a lot of scientific ingenuity there's hope that some long-extinct creatures may walk the Earth again.
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Ever wish you could have a pet dodo to keep your budgie company while you’re at work? It might be able to happen. Big emphasis on the might part of the equation, however. University of California, Santa Barbara ecologists have been looking into what animals would best be suited for de-extinction, whether it might be from genetic engineering, cloning, or dabbling with CRISPR advancements.

The concept of de-evolution isn’t exactly new-scientists did manage to bring back an extinct species, the Pyrenean ibex, thanks to a common goat surrogate mother. The offspring survived only seven minutes due to genetic issues with its lungs. hanks to some scraps of DNA and a lot of scientific ingenuity there’s hope that some long-extinct creatures may walk the Earth again.

Ever wish you could have a pet dodo to keep your budgie company while you’re at work? It might be able to happen. Big emphasis on the “might” part of the equation, however.

University of California, Santa Barbara ecologists have been looking into what animals would best be suited for de-extinction, whether it might be from genetic engineering, cloning, or dabbling with CRISPR advancements.

The concept of de-evolution isn’t exactly new–scientists did manage to bring back an extinct species, the Pyrenean ibex, thanks to a common goat surrogate mother. The offspring survived only seven minutes due to genetic issues with its lungs.

10. The Dodo

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What scientists like to call it: Raphus cucullatus

From the time of its discovery on the island of Mauritius in 1598 by Dutch explorers to the day the last surviving member Raphus cucullatus took its final breath, the flightless dodo lasted only 80 years.

Being stuck on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with not many worldly experiences to its credit didn’t exactly help the dodo’s situation when people finally spotted the species — especially when those people happened to be armed and hungry.

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Even once the new visitors to Mauritius realized the dodo tasted lousy, the 20 kilogram (44 pound) dodo, not having any natural predators of its own, was wiped out by the foreign animals that hitched a ride with the humans. Dogs, cats, pigs and rats all helped themselves to dodo eggs,

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A complete dodo skeleton discovered in a cave on the island in 2007 holds the DNA key that could see the bird brought back from the extinction list. And it’s been nicknamed Fred. One day, you might have something called Fred to thank for bringing an animal back from the dead.

Sources: Dodo Skeleton Found on Island, May Yield Extinct Bird’s DNA