What If We Brought Back Extant Species?

// Given at WI?02013 on Mar 2, 2013

The ecosystems we see around us used to be filled with species such as lions, elephants, cheetahs, and camels. These were all normal residents of North America at one time. To scientists, they are referred to as extant, meaning that they did not die out completely, extinct, they only died out in a specific area. What if we could restore these extant animals to where they once lived? Is it a good idea and how would that change our relationship with nature?

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Josh Kling


Josh Kling is a budding naturalist who is passionate about life. More specifically, he is passionate about lifeforms. His passion drives him to try to find strange and remarkable things no one else has seen before. He is a future researcher who dreams of pushing our understanding of the natural world and enhancing our awe of it. Future accomplishments include: the reintroduction of extant large animal species to North America and the discovery of life on another planet.

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