Could we see moas again?

Posted March 10th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comments Off on Could we see moas again?.


It really never mentions it in the story. But I have to believe the current flowing under the written words is flowing in that direction. From Oneindia comes the report based on a paper found in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. It speaks to some pretty amazing things being done with fossilized egg shells, specifically the extraction of DNA.

The relevant stuff:

Charlotte Oskam and Michael Bunce, Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, were able to isolate mitochondrial DNA from the eggshells of several extinct megafauna, including the giant moa of New Zealand
and a 19,000-year-old emu from Australia.

The researchers’ breakthrough also included recovery of DNA from the egg of the elephant bird of Madagascar, New Scientist reported.


Jaime Gongora, an expert in avian genetics, the University of Sydney, said: "It’s a breakthrough. Extracting even a little more DNA is really important with ancient samples."

Again, I was waiting for the other shoe to fall in the story but alas it remains on the foot. No one wants to expose themselves scientifically it seems, but lay folk like me have no problem doing it so I will: IS IT POSSIBLE TO SOMEHOW RECREATE THESE EXTINCT BIRDS? Inquiring minds want to know.

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