Passenger Pigeon

Audubon, John James. Passenger Pigeon, Oil on Canvas, 1824.


Extinction is the next frontier that science will conquer. Scientists are working on being able to use ancient DNA to bring back extinct species, a process called “de-extinction.” While de-extinction has some potential drawbacks, the capacity for ecological benefit is limitless. By reviving extinct species, scientists will be re-filling the empty niche that the species left in their wake, as well as providing biodiversity for the ecosystem, which leads to healthier animal populations and a greater availablilty of plants and animals to study for medicine.