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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby smw543 » Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:48 am UTC

Belial wrote:I demand that we bring these things back immediately. They sound badass.
Agreed, although we'd have to consider a food source to sustain them. Without the moa, they may resort to preying on man. And then the raptors would have nothing to eat, save the scones served at tea-time.
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Amarantha » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:20 am UTC

Jack Saladin wrote:How come no ones resurrected the moa yet?
Ya, apparently they're way delicious :P Which is kinda why they're extinct in the first place...
Belial wrote:...a giant eagle that killed its prey by pinning their pelvis with one talon and bashing their brains in with the other...

I demand that we bring these things back immediately. They sound badass.
Let's hope they can't wear hats :shock:
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby pollywog » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:31 am UTC

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Belial wrote:I demand that we bring these things back immediately. They sound badass.
Agreed, although we'd have to consider a food source to sustain them. Without the moa, they may resort to preying on man. And then the raptors would have nothing to eat, save the scones served at tea-time.
Sheep would probably do. Or cows. Or yeah, convicts.

Apparently, there was an early British explorer who say one of these. And then shot it.
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Belial » Sat Nov 22, 2008 5:22 pm UTC

smw543 wrote:
Belial wrote:I demand that we bring these things back immediately. They sound badass.
Agreed, although we'd have to consider a food source to sustain them. Without the moa, they may resort to preying on man. And then the raptors would have nothing to eat, save the scones served at tea-time.


We could bring back, say....the moa
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Torvaun » Sat Nov 22, 2008 5:43 pm UTC

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wisty wrote:OK, let's not recreate the Moa. It's a house sized bird. A predatory house sized bird. It would eat raptors for supper.

edit, that's wrong, the Moa were vegetarian. I'm sure there was some large predatory extinct bird in NZ, but I guess it wasn't the Moa.
We could domesticate them and use them for battle and for transport. They'll be like Indian elephants, except taller and faster.
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby clintonius » Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:40 pm UTC

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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Angua » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:05 pm UTC

We could bring back the dodo, but then what would things be dead as?

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I want the giant armadillos that have shells big enough for houses. That would just be cool.
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Steve Zissou » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:59 pm UTC

Angua wrote:We could bring back the dodo, but then what would things be dead as?

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a doornail I guess


I want the giant armadillos that have shells big enough for houses. That would just be cool.


This reminds of Donkey Kong 64.

Also. I hadn't even heard of the Moa before this post, and I'm impressed. How bad-ass would riding on one of those be?

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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Spuddly » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:33 pm UTC

22/7 wrote:
Jack Saladin wrote:
Indon wrote:We could just genetically engineer ostritches.

... Why would we bother doing that when we have all these moa bones and shit lying around? I was serious about the "few hundred years" thing, they only just died. House sized* birds, guys. THINK ABOUT IT.

And no, they weren't fliers. Though, we also had giant eagles that were big enough to pick up people and carry them away. I, uh, I think we should skip bringing those ones back.

The other advantage to the moa is that it might actually be possible to collect enough genetic material to create a breeding population. Might. On the other hand, there's no way a cloned mammoth would ever be anything other than a sideshow - you're simply never going to recover the diversity to bring the species itself properly back to life.

*House sized in that they could probably look onto your roof if you lived in a single story house. They weren't like, house sized all the way round or anything.
Not really direct at Saladin, but at anyone who knows, how many would be needed to theoretically bring the species back?


We could introduce "diversity" with isotopes.
Just gently irradiate them.
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby smw543 » Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:30 am UTC

Spuddly wrote:We could introduce "diversity" with isotopes.
Just gently irradiate them.
Yeah...they might even develop superpowers.[/sarcasm]
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby dragon » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:41 am UTC

I look forward to Thylacines existing again.

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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Plasma Man » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:53 pm UTC

Forget irradiating mammoths, if they do clone them back to life I want to hook one up to a Van De Graaf generator. Now that would be awesome.
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Angua » Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:25 pm UTC

I would certainly be poofy :)
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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby Mr. Beck » Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:12 pm UTC

Hmmm.... What is the capacitance of a Woolly Mammoth?

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Re: It starts with mamoths..

Postby smw543 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:38 pm UTC

Mr. Beck wrote:Hmmm.... What is the capacitance of a Woolly Mammoth?
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Re: It starts with mannoths..

Postby littlesuz13 » Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:16 pm UTC

In a forum I attended today on parthenogenesis this topic of bringing back mammoths came up and my first reaction was "AAAHHHH NOT THE RAPTORS!!!!!" I immediately began studying the room for entry points and my best way to escape. I looked around the room and realized that no one else seemed to have the same innate fear as I. This is when I realized two things: 1) I would be most likely to survive a raptor attack due to lack of awareness. 2) No one else in the room seemed to be XKCD readers.
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Re: It starts with mannoths..

Postby Torvaun » Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:49 pm UTC

Don't be silly. You don't -survive- a raptor attack, you're just last to be disemboweled and eaten.
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Re: It starts with mannoths..

Postby smw543 » Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:28 pm UTC

Well, we're all going to die eventually, the idea is that you survive long enough to die a less excruciating death, which, compared to evisceration-by-raptor, is just about anything. (Have you seen the size of those claws?!)

littlesuz13 wrote:In a forum I attended today on parthenogenesis this topic of bringing back mammoths came up
Do you mean they suggested using parthenogenesis to breed more mammoths from the first one? They've done it with rabbits, I suppose they could do it with mammoths... But it wouldn't be permanent; each new generation would still be female so they would still depend on scientists to induce parthenogenesis.

Do they have any idea what type of genetic determination raptors had for sex? Similar to XY, WZ, etc?
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Re: It starts with mannoths..

Postby Socal Swimmer » Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:19 pm UTC

i dont knowwhat part of this thread is serious and what isnt.

but holy fucking shit run from the utahraptor
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Re: It starts with mannoths..

Postby thornahawk » Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:47 am UTC

If the mammoths ever come back, I'd sure like to see the way things work... ;)

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Re: It starts with mannoths..

Postby Socal Swimmer » Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:24 am UTC

ohh nooo!!

the mannoths!!

there comng!
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