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9 lesser-known cloned animals

Nov. 23, 2011, 8:47 a.m.
mounted Pyrenean ibex

Photo: MNHN/Service audiovisuel (National Museum of Natural History)

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Pyrenean ibex

The Pyrenean ibex was declared extinct when the last of its kind was found dead in its native Spain in 2000. But in 2009, reports surfaced that scientists had preserved DNA from the last known Pyrenean ibex. Filling in the blanks with DNA from domestic goats, a newborn ibex was created, but died shortly after birth due to lung problems. This was the first time an extinct species was “resurrected,” albeit for only a short time.