Jon Ashton Posted about 2 years ago Hendrik Poinar: Bring back the woolly mammoth! If you think about it, we as a species spend a tremendous amount of time going backwards. We write and record history. We paint and record our thoughts. We store memories to share with cameras and video. We learn from our past and our shared experiences. It's part of what makes us human and helps us evolve our culture. This is an expression of that same drive. We wish to look back on the environment and the animals that inhabited it in the past. I know I was obsessed with dinosaurs when I was young. It started my interest in biology. I don't think it is wrong for us to consider the possibility that a great deal about life and evolution could be learned from such a de-extinction project. It's definitely worth thinking about and debating. It's not idiocy.