For the first time in history, an extinct animal has been resurrected by science. Granted, the animal had only been extinct for eight years, and skin samples were available, but this still marks a great stride forward. According to the Telegraph, DNA from the Pyrenean ibex, which had recently been hunted to extinction, was inserted into the eggs of domestic goats. The article states:
"Sadly, the newborn ibex kid died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs. Other cloned animals, including sheep, have been born with similar lung defects.
But the breakthrough has raised hopes that it will be possible to save endangered and newly extinct species by resurrecting them from frozen tissue."Last year, scientists mapped the woolly mammoth's genome, and I say we get Weta to design us some awesome saddles so we can get straight to riding these suckers. They can be the new hummer!