Gallery: Scientists Bring Extinct Mouth-Brooding Frog Back to Life Afte...

 

Most of us probably thought the first species that would be brought back from extinction would be large, scaly, and wreak havoc on a theme park. While not nearly as intimidating, scientists have revived one of the most interesting amphibians the world has ever seen. Using preserved DNA, researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia have resurrected the gastric-brooding frog (Rheobatrachus silus). The frog was native to small portions of Queensland, and was pushed out of existence by habitat loss, parasites, fungus and invasive weeds back in the 1980’s. Using cloning methods, the animal, which can amazingly incubate eggs in its stomach and give birth through its mouth, may soon be hopping back into the world.

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7 Comments

  1. Eric Nicolas Schneider September 28, 2014 at 3:59 am

    @lemado: take photos and send to http://www.amphibians.org with reference to this article

  2. Eric Nicolas Schneider September 28, 2014 at 3:58 am

    :-/ You show us a pic of a live frog and it’s ONLY BEEN EMBRYOS surviving a few days.

  3. lemado February 21, 2014 at 4:48 am

    is only in australia? i have seen something very similar to this living underneath my outside sink and there are about ten of them. is there any way i could find out more information on them??

  4. GreatEmerald March 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Lazarus Project? Dr. Archer? It’s almost as if they are trying to add Mass Effect 2 references on purpose!

  5. ronwagn March 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Amazing!

  6. rpvitiello March 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    A vast majority of species that have gone extinct, have done so because of humans. I don’t see this as playing god at all, I see it as undoing the damage we did. IF humans and life as we know it are to survive, we DO need to have a means of preserving and re-seeding life. Eventually this tech needs to be developed, so what better time than the present!

  7. Michael Irvine March 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Why are we not playing god when human activities kill these species off but we are playing god when we bring them back?

    Just asking.

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