Jurassic park not the solution, says Carleton professor

Save what we have and don’t try and bring back the dead. That’s the message in a new paper by Joseph Bennett, a professor of environmental science at Carleton, that will be published in the journal of Conservation Nature Ecology & Evolution. In the paper, Bennett argues the “de-extinction” approach to conservation, which involves producing either a clone or a hybrid of an extinct species, actually harms biodiversity as opposed to aiding it. “Say we do successfully bring back a species that was extinct, our biodiversity would go up by one,” Bennett said. “But the limited resources we have could be used much more effectively in other ways to save more species, our numbers suggest you could save three times, eight times, maybe a dozen more species than if you used the […]

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Carleton student discovers new dinosaur

After being hidden away from the public since its discovery in Alberta in 1934, an international group of researchers led by Bradley McFeeters, a PhD student at Carleton, have identified the remnants of a dinosaur skeleton as belonging to a previously unrecognized species. The dinosaur would have looked similar to an ostrich, but with long, fingered arms instead of wings, and a tail, according to a press release. The species would have been just over three meters long, stood one and a half metres tall, and weighed about 90 kilograms, the release said. The skeleton was collected by fossil hunter Levi Sternberg during an expedition to the Alberta Badlands, and had since been sitting in the Royal Ontario Museum under […]

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