De-extinction not the best use of resources

De-extinction is an exciting prospect, and we’re getting closer and closer to realizing it. We may soon be able to look a mammoth in the eye. But given that we’re losing hundreds or thousands of species a year, is de-extinction a good use of resources? Our analysis using datasets of extinct and living threatened species in New Zealand and New South Wales shows clearly that it is better to spend money on the living than the dead. For details, please see our paper, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

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