Not extinct anymore

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by stubeeef, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    How one is cured from the desease of extinction I'm not sure, but heard this on NPR this morning and here is the article.

    Pretty neat, the word HOPE comes to mind.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    So, does this mean it was never actually extinct? What an attention seeker!
  3. redeye be macrumors 65816

    redeye be

    Jan 27, 2005
    They should've killed it, now they are going to have to change all the books. Imagine how much trees killing just one bird (probably 2 or 3 ;)) would save.

    Nature! Houra!
  4. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Well, coelocanths were once thought to be extinct, as well... turns out they'd just been hiding behind the living room couch for millions of years. (Seriously, they were known only from fossils and were THOUGHT to be extinct, until one was caught by a fisherman back in 1920 or so.)

    Things like small birds and undersea creatures could easily be thought to be extinct, since they're hard to spot or track. With big creatures like polar bears, it would be a lot easier to confirm extinction.
  5. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    My grandmother has a NICE recipe. She said the last time she made it was 1931. It only uses wing-meat, and the recipe called for 200 of those very woodpeckers! She's looking forward to her trip their this summer.
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    cool, i could only wish more cases were like this, but sadly thats not the truth behind it all
  7. Aeolius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2002

    Here's hoping they "find" some Tasmanian tigers (thylacine) next.
  8. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002

    Well, they were thought to be extinct by white western scientists. They never bothered to ask the natives of the Comoros Islands where it was found, or investigate. They'd known about it forever. It wasn't until a white scientist from South Africa came across one at a fish market that anyone payed any attention (the fish had got caught in an ocean current and ended up down by South Africa, the Comoros are much further up the african coast).

    I realize that the scientists would ahve had no reason to ask about the ceolocanth before "science" discovered it, but there were plenty of people who knew it existed. The lesson there is that you shouldn't rely on outside observers for science. Sometimes you need to get answers from people who deal with what you're studying every day.
  9. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    This is good new. The bird must be very viable since they are still alive and well. Woodpeckers are a real neat bird.
  10. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Unfortunately, even though this one managed to survive, there are so many others that don't. It pretty cool that it did, though.

    And then there's all that talk about taking viable cells from frozen Mammoths and bringing them back.

    Someone should start a web site to track all this.... :D

  11. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Double billing! Yes! My prayers go out to all the endangered species. We need more wildlife sanctuaries all around the industrialized nations.

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