Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Sometimes extinction is not forever: Lazarus taxons article

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    5,912

    Sometimes extinction is not forever: Lazarus taxons article

    This is pretty good. The return of "extinct" species: Lazarus taxons

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-ret...tinct-species/
    Do good work. —Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    20,543
    Well, extinction is forever. A species that becomes so rare it's not observed in the wild for a while is, you know, not actually extinct.

    Calling the coelacanth a Lazarus taxon is like suggesting that Jesus merely found out that Lazarus had actually been away on holiday for a while with a dodgy internet connection. "He guys, he's not dead, I've just got an email from an internet cafe in Damascus!"

    Grant Hutchison

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    3,185
    Heh. Mark Twain and "The report of my death was an exaggeration" comes to mind.

    The article mentions the black-footed ferret. Coincidentally, I had just read short blurb about the cloning of one in December and that this was going to help with genetic diversity of the species. "What, how is that possible?", I thought.

    Well, it turns out that all of the reintroductions come from descendants of seven captured wild ferrets. But some frozen cells of another who had no surviving offspring were cloned. If this cloned ferret survives to breeding age, that would introduce new diversity to the population.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    16,792
    Quote Originally Posted by Torsten View Post
    Heh. Mark Twain and "The report of my death was an exaggeration" comes to mind.

    The article mentions the black-footed ferret. Coincidentally, I had just read short blurb about the cloning of one in December and that this was going to help with genetic diversity of the species. "What, how is that possible?", I thought.

    Well, it turns out that all of the reintroductions come from descendants of seven captured wild ferrets. But some frozen cells of another who had no surviving offspring were cloned. If this cloned ferret survives to breeding age, that would introduce new diversity to the population.
    So, perhaps “Twain Taxon” would be a better name? ;-)
    The greatest journey of all time, for all to see
    Every mission makes our dreams reality
    And our destiny begins with you and me
    Through all space and time, the achievement of mankind
    As we sail the sea of discovery, on heroes’ wings we fly!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    20,543
    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    So, perhaps “Twain Taxon” would be a better name? ;-)

    I remembered the Twain story, and almost mentioned it before I got carried away on my "Lazarus is just wrong" riff, but never made that final connection.

    Grant Hutchison

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    3,185
    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post

    I remembered the Twain story, and almost mentioned it before I got carried away on my "Lazarus is just wrong" riff, but never made that final connection.

    Grant Hutchison
    Yes, it's the better expression. I'll remember who coined it, Kai! I never seem to be able to make those connections.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    3,639
    “Twain Taxon”
    :like:

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    2,127
    It's even got alliteration!
    Orion's Arm has actual Lazarus Taxa, and they pride themselves on their technology being at least remotely plausible.
    SHARKS (crossed out) MONGEESE (sic) WITH FRICKIN' LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •