Resurrecting extinct species won't do biodiversity any favours, says researcher

By Joanne E. Laucius, Ottawa Sun, March 1, 2017

Everyone familiar with Jurassic Park knows resurrecting extinct species does not end well for humans.

But Carleton University biologist Joseph Bennett argues that “de-extinction” is not a good idea for reasons other then the possibility of ending up as a T-rex snack. Scarce conservation funding is much better spent preserving threatened species that are still with us, he says.

In a paper to be published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, Bennett and his co-authors argue that spending scarce funds on de-extinction might cause “perverse outcomes” that will actually lead to a loss in biodiversity.

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