Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(International Business Times)   Researchers plan to raise extinct passenger pigeons from dead using DNA to find out of they really do taste as good as rumoured   (ibtimes.co.uk) divider line 64
    More: Interesting  
•       •       •

2575 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Jun 2014 at 9:23 AM (36 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



64 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2014-06-19 08:11:04 AM  
This has "disaster" written all over it.
 
2014-06-19 08:26:09 AM  
www.pigeonsincombat.com

"BRAAAIIIINNNNSSSS.. SQUAWK!"
 
2014-06-19 08:32:25 AM  
Just think, we might actually be able to drive a species to extinction multiple times.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-06-19 08:33:03 AM  
I thought passenger pigeons were more closely related to mourning doves than band tailed pigeons. Did biologists change their minds?
 
2014-06-19 09:14:57 AM  
Stop screwing around - clone a saber-tooth tiger already.
 
2014-06-19 09:30:40 AM  
Even if they could make it work, are there enough genetic samples to create a viable population without crippling inbreeding problems?
 
2014-06-19 09:30:55 AM  

TheHopeDiamond: This has "disaster" written all over it.


Michael Crichton is all over it, too
 
2014-06-19 09:31:06 AM  
put it on a lunch box, I dare you
img4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-06-19 09:31:20 AM  
Good luck.
We're all "pulling" for you.
 
2014-06-19 09:33:06 AM  
He will be different.
Will he be weak?
.....oh no...  :)
 
2014-06-19 09:33:52 AM  
Just what we need, more flying rats.
 
2014-06-19 09:39:35 AM  

The Madd Mann: Even if they could make it work, are there enough genetic samples to create a viable population without crippling inbreeding problems?


They were to busy asking whether they could to ask whether they should.
 
2014-06-19 09:43:54 AM  

uber humper: TheHopeDiamond: This has "disaster" written all over it.

Michael Crichton is all over it, too


Crichton's been writing the same book for the last 40 years: "Technology is evil and will kill us all! BOOGA BOOGA!"
 
2014-06-19 09:51:20 AM  

TheHopeDiamond: This has "disaster" written all over it.


Because the North American ecosystem isn't able to handle these "passenger pigeons" that died out eons before today?  What possible reason could you actually have for making such an inane prediction?
 
2014-06-19 09:51:24 AM  

Oldiron_79: The Madd Mann: Even if they could make it work, are there enough genetic samples to create a viable population without crippling inbreeding problems?

They were to busy asking whether they could to ask whether they should.


That`s how science works. To get into the issue of `should` you need to be in ethics, philosophy or politics.

Science just asks `is this possible` not `should we do it`...
 
2014-06-19 09:52:24 AM  
KFPP
 
2014-06-19 09:52:24 AM  

ikanreed: TheHopeDiamond: This has "disaster" written all over it.

Because the North American ecosystem isn't able to handle these "passenger pigeons" that died out eons before today?  What possible reason could you actually have for making such an inane prediction?


the same reasoning we have seen in all the inane disaster prediction over the last few centuries...
 
2014-06-19 09:52:46 AM  
"No, hold on. This isn't some species that was obliterated by deforestation, or the building of a dam. Passenger pigeons had their shot, and nature selected them for extinction." -Dr. Ian Malcolm
 
2014-06-19 09:57:10 AM  
www.reactiongifs.com
 
2014-06-19 09:58:16 AM  
Michael Crichton is dead. Long live Michael Crichton!
 
2014-06-19 10:02:38 AM  
Why don't we just let evolution take care of it? These guys throw around the word creation like they are playing God. Wait..
 
2014-06-19 10:03:21 AM  

Highway61Repaved: Michael Crichton is dead. Long live Michael Crichton!


If he's dead, then we don't have to listen to his nagging warnings.  Full speed ahead!
 
2014-06-19 10:04:40 AM  

mrinfoguy: Why don't we just let evolution take care of it? These guys throw around the word creation like they are playing God. Wait..


Because human decision making killed them in the first place.  If we consider human actions part of evolution, then bringing them back is "evolution" too.


BigLuca: "No, hold on. This isn't some species that was obliterated by deforestation, or the building of a dam. Passenger pigeons had their shot, and nature selected them for extinction." -Dr. Ian Malcolm


I didn't realize how mired in just world hypothesis Jurrasic Park was, until you highlighted that fact.
 
2014-06-19 10:06:34 AM  

A10Mechanic: put it on a lunch box, I dare you
[img4.wikia.nocookie.net image 250x206]


life, uh... finds a way
 
2014-06-19 10:07:17 AM  
Not much meat on a passenger pigeon. Give me a dodo any day.
 
2014-06-19 10:13:52 AM  
Band Tail Pigeon us tasty and a challenge to hunt.


Pow pow pow .....Damn birds flying on the edge of range as usual.
 
2014-06-19 10:15:43 AM  
How many passengers can a passenger pigeon carry?
 
2014-06-19 10:16:16 AM  

img.fark.net


R.I.P. Walter Pidgeon

 
2014-06-19 10:17:14 AM  
I wonder if many of them died off due to a bird flu. It could have happened.

Although, having seen pictures of a goose gun, I can understand how we killed all of them off in a season or two.
 
2014-06-19 10:19:43 AM  

cgraves67: How many passengers can a passenger pigeon carry?


African or European?
/oblig
 
2014-06-19 10:21:14 AM  
Just looking back at the awesome and sobering fact that humans were able to make a species with billions of members extinct makes me hopeful about starlings and grackles.
 
2014-06-19 10:23:25 AM  

uber humper: Michael Crichton is all over it, too


My rejected headline was Passengerassic Park.

And here I thought it was a HOTY-candidate level portmanteau. Silly me.
 
2014-06-19 10:24:00 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-06-19 10:24:59 AM  

ikanreed: TheHopeDiamond: This has "disaster" written all over it.

Because the North American ecosystem isn't able to handle these "passenger pigeons" that died out eons before today?  What possible reason could you actually have for making such an inane prediction?


Eons?  Meaning a hundred years ago this September?
 
2014-06-19 10:25:19 AM  
Why are we still messing around with old, dead species instead of inventing new ones?

I've got some great ideas for spiderbats, meatalopes and piranhalobsters.  Call me, science types.
 
2014-06-19 10:26:51 AM  
General Melchett will weep at the return of Speckled Jim.
 
2014-06-19 10:27:50 AM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: ikanreed: TheHopeDiamond: This has "disaster" written all over it.

Because the North American ecosystem isn't able to handle these "passenger pigeons" that died out eons before today?  What possible reason could you actually have for making such an inane prediction?

Eons?  Meaning a hundred years ago this September?



If there is such a thing as dog years, why not pigeon eons?


/Or PigEons, for short.
 
2014-06-19 10:28:18 AM  
I'm all for resurrecting creatures that humans wiped out. Do-Do was supposed to be pretty tasty too.
 
2014-06-19 10:32:02 AM  

The Madd Mann: Even if they could make it work, are there enough genetic samples to create a viable population without crippling inbreeding problems?


And how they'll address this fun fact: we now think that they can't successfully reproduce in small populations.  People did try to breed the last dregs around the turn of the century, and their failure is probably because they needed to be able to engage in large flock displays to breed.
 
2014-06-19 10:33:24 AM  
These things were supposed to be delicious. At one point was more commonly eaten than chicken.

Little butter and garlic....
 
2014-06-19 10:35:08 AM  

olddeegee: I'm all for resurrecting creatures that humans wiped out. Do-Do was supposed to be pretty tasty too.


They weren't wiped out, they just took up politics.
 
2014-06-19 10:42:00 AM  

www.filmfresh.com
SOON

 
2014-06-19 10:45:26 AM  

ommitay: [img.fark.net image 576x727]
R.I.P. Walter Pidgeon


Wow.  He's young there, and looks very different without a moustache.
 
2014-06-19 10:45:59 AM  
Even if you could recreate the genome in a living animal, the ecological niche must have been lost...

This was an animal that flocked in the billions.  I have always wondered what other effects on the ecosystem must have occurred when they were stupidly eradicated...
 
2014-06-19 10:46:23 AM  
Riding on a passenger pigeon can't be any worse than Delta.
 
2014-06-19 10:50:41 AM  
It's about time. Next up:

www.kidcyber.com.au

The thylacine.


I want to see one in my lifetime. Of course, a Mammoth would rock. Also, DoDo birds.
 
2014-06-19 10:58:26 AM  
They use the term "de-extinction", but is that correct? The regular "ex" prefix would suggest "past". The "de-" pre-prefix is canceling the "ex". Wouldn't a better term be "retinction"?
 
2014-06-19 10:59:16 AM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: Eons? Meaning a hundred years ago this September?


Sarcasm, pal.
 
2014-06-19 11:02:44 AM  

olddeegee: I'm all for resurrecting creatures that humans wiped out. Do-Do was supposed to be pretty tasty too.


I support cloning extinct species, but only if they're delicious!

icons.iconarchive.com
 
2014-06-19 11:04:24 AM  

Highway61Repaved: Michael Crichton is dead. Long live Michael Crichton!


Let's bring him back to life, just to fark with his mind
 
Displayed 50 of 64 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report