Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The (Soon to Be) Walking Dead
How would you like to see an armadillo the size of a Volkswagen (above)? A flightless bird that stands twice as high as an average man? Or a twenty-foot tall giant sloth that weights in at more than four tons? Believe it or not, these are all creatures that once roamed the earth. And now some think that it may be time for them to make a comeback.
What does it take to bring an extinct creature back to life? Well, you need . . .
1. Well-preserved DNA, (often found in the remains of Ice Age creatures that froze to death).
2. A modern species that could act as a surrogate and give birth to its ancient cousin.
3. A lot of money, some fancy machinery, and a mad scientist or two.
It's a complicated procedure, but not necessarily impossible. New Scientist magazine has identified the ten extinct beasts that might walk the Earth again. Take a look. The list might surprise you!