De-extinction: Could We (Should We) Resurrect Extinct Species

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Verona Public Library
Community Room

Event Details

In Jurassic Park, dinosaurs may come back to life, but it’s all science fiction.  In reality, there’s been no antidote to extinction throughout the six-billion-year history of life on Earth.  Dr. Stanley Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, will explore the possibilities for resurrecting extinct species.

Rapid advances in biotechnology and reproductive biology may soon make de-extinction feasible, but given the many uncertainties and possible unintended consequences, the question of how or should we proceed remains.  Dr. Temple will review current technological progress and discuss the pros and cons.

This presentation is part of March Mammoth, an exploration of the Ice Age world with special events for all ages at the Verona Public Library from March 1 through April 3.  The March Mammoth exhibit features real and replica fossils, including life-size replicas of a giant woolly mammoth skull and a ferocious saber-toothed cat skeleton on display.

The March Mammoth exhibit and presentations are the first events made possible and supported by the Verona Public Library Endowment Fund. 

Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adult
Presenter: Dr. Stanley Temple

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