You have probably heard or seen the Jurassic World movie and its depiction of bringing back long-extinct animals. But would something like that really be possible? You'll get to learn more about the science of de-extinction in this lesson.
To begin your exploration, watch What to Bring Back?, a short two-minute video by Beth Shapiro where she answers that question. As you watch the video, think about your answers to these questions and record them on your Science of De-Extinction student sheet. You'll discuss these questions with your class:
- What are some of the factors that we should consider when deciding who to bring back?
- What is generation time and why should it be a consideration for bringing back an extinct species?
- Why might reintroducing an extinct animal into a habitat be considered risky?
- What did Beth Shapiro clarify about de-extinction?
- What surprised you about this definition?
Let's learn a little more about Beth Shapiro and what she, as a scientist, actually does to study extinction. You will watch her 10-minute TEDx presentation, How to Bring a Mammoth Back to Life. Be prepared to discuss these questions with your class.
- What does Beth Shapiro do for a living?
- Why go to the Arctic to collect ancient DNA samples?
- Why is the Arctic an ideal place to get ancient DNA?
- What are the steps for “how to bring a mammoth back?”
This esheet is a part of the How to Clone a Mammoth lesson.