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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2019 9:21 p.m. PST

"With de-extinction hovering on the edge of being a thing, it is worth asking at least one question. That question is not "why?" or "is this a good idea??"—if it can be done, it will be, and that's that. No—the question is: which formerly extinct animals should we domesticate? The cat/dog paradigm has reigned for far too long; whole new realms of cuteness and companionship might be in store for us, once we start reviving woolly mammoths and Great auks. For this week's Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of extinct-animal experts for their take on which one might make the best bet…."
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Wolfshanza18 Jun 2019 11:11 p.m. PST

Some raptors…to keep the neighborhood critters outta my back yard ! evil grin

Katzbalger19 Jun 2019 2:52 a.m. PST

I thought the raptors were to keep those pesky kids of your lawn.

Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2019 7:54 a.m. PST

Dogs may have an advantage:
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Legion 419 Jun 2019 8:06 a.m. PST

I like dogs better than people …

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2019 8:22 a.m. PST

Dodos, right?

They are, or at least were, very friendly and manageable. What matters is not how cute something is, but how well you can get along with it.

That said, there were some articles a few years ago showing that dogs and cats are genetically predisposed to being human pets. Horses are a not too distant third. So it may be that no animal without that attribute can make a really good pet.

On the one hand people have good relationships with rats, iguanas, etc.

On the other hand, if something made a good pet would not mankind have made a pet of it by now?

bobm195919 Jun 2019 8:53 a.m. PST

The issue with Dodos wasn't whether they were friendly or cute….it was they tasted sooooo good!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2019 12:27 p.m. PST

(smile)


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Zephyr119 Jun 2019 2:20 p.m. PST

Trilobites. Easy to keep & you can flush the dead ones down the toilet like your parents did with your goldfish… ;-)

coryfromMissoula19 Jun 2019 2:41 p.m. PST

Thanks to the Russian fox studies we are closing in on the genetics of domestication. Soon not only can we have necrofauna but we will be able to skip generations of breeding with genetic manipulated domesticated versions.

So I'm going to go with a miniature mammoth, most likely the Wrangle Island variety.

von Schwartz19 Jun 2019 2:53 p.m. PST

The issue with Dodos wasn't whether they were friendly or cute….it was they tasted sooooo good!

And those big eggs made for Greeat omlets.

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