It's well-known that the more adorable and charismatic of the endangered animals get most of the funding. That doesn't mean the cute animals, like the iconic panda, aren't worth saving, but it leaves a lot of the less photogenic but just as important animals out in the cold. Who's interested in saving the Brazilian bald-faced tamarin, which looks like a cross between a rabid monkey and a bat? Or the Komodo dragon, a 10-foot-long murderous lizard that's the embodiment of just about every childhood nightmare you ever had?
That's where the Ugly Animal Preservation Society comes in. It's an awareness campaign that uses comedy to bring attention to animals like the pig-nosed frog, pictured above, which may otherwise have trouble getting funding. The UAPS holds live events, where a combination of London comics and scientists discuss one ugly endangered animal of their choice. At the end of the show, the audience votes to decide which of those animals will become the mascot for each individual chapter of the UAPS. They don't seem to be directly donating money; instead, the aim is to raise awareness, with the hopes that it will eventually lead to donations elsewhere.
It's led by Simon Watt, a biologist who's best known for public speaking, and has gotten a bit of attention over in the UK, appearing at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. You can read more about the efforts here.
It looks like we could start resurrecting lots of extinct species by creating a chimera mother. First stem cells from the extinct species are used to create a blastocyst for the pancreas. Not far from what has already been done in pigs. The mother is created without the pancreas, and the blastocyst for it from the extinct species is put in its place as she develops. This gives the mother the ability to accept the extinct animal into its body without rejection. It is then implanted with the clone created from the extinct animals’ stem cells. Later the mother gives birth to an extinct species. All these projects have been done but not together yet, to raise an extinct species. A similar method could, some day, be used to allow pig organ transplants into humans by just replacing and newly formed blastocyst like a tooth at birth.
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Problem with that, tmarti69, is that epigenetic and environmental factors would alter the species. We'll never truly revive a dead species through gestation in a different species.
If it roars like T Rex, walks like a T Rex, kills, eats, and terrorizes like a T Rex. To most of us it would be a T Rex. However, you are right, but a deeper question you seem to be alluding to is if a greater power could entangle every atom back the original creature in the past is it then resurrected? Beyond our powers so what do the rest of you think?
@tmarti69 - I just want to turn a chicken into a little T-Rex like lizard. This way if the thing goes nuts it’s hopefully not me he's eating. Also with bringing back an extinct species, you have to ask why? Most of it I believe is for money. It usually always is. Most of the extinct species are extinct due to their habitat being destroyed or just not being able to adapt. Therefore, they will simply put them in a zoo or conservation somewhere and make a mint off of all the people that will pay to come see them.
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Just clown an army of them.