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14 extinct animals that could be resurrected

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 17, 2017, 12:43 p.m.
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Pyrenean ibex

Still think cloning extinct animals is impossible? Technically, it's already been done: the Pyrenean ibex recently became the first extinct animal to ever become un-extinct — at least, for seven minutes. The cloned fetus, which contained reanimated DNA from the last known living Pyrenean ibex, was successfully brought to term after being implanted in the womb of a living domestic goat. Although the ibex died of lung difficulty seven minutes after birth, the breakthrough ensures the inevitability of resurrecting extinct species.

The last known Pyrenean ibex was a female named Celia, who was killed by a falling tree in 2000. It was her DNA that was used to create the short-lived clone.