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14 extinct animals that could be resurrected

By: Bryan Nelson on April 22, 2012, 7:06 p.m.
Carolina parakeet specimen

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Carolina parakeet

Once the only parrot species native to the United States, the Carolina parakeet was tragically driven to extinction after being hunted for its feathers, which were popular in ladies' hats. The last known specimen died as recently as 1918, and because stuffed birds, remnant feathers and eggshells can still be found in circulation and in museums, DNA extraction and cloning of the species could soon become a possibility. Some historians have already called for such a project to begin.