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  • čas přidán 20. 02. 2024
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    It sounds like science fiction, but a couple of groups of genetic researchers are actively working on bringing back extinct species like the wooly mammoth and the Dodo bird. It’s a complicated issue, filled with all kinds of ethical questions and scientific advancements but when all is said and done, it could be a boon to genetic research and serve as a springboard for technologies that could make our lives better.
    So what do you say? Wanna ride a wooly mammoth?
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    TIMESTAMPS
    0:00 - Intro
    1:53 - Predator Clone Sketch
    2:31 - Man-Caused Extinction
    4:18 - What is Extinction?
    6:35 - How Does De-Extinction Work?
    9:23 - Is This Ethical?
    13:31 - Sponsor - Incogni
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  • @joescott
    @joescott  Před měsícem +550

    Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks for a great year!

    • @floydwhatchacallit6823
      @floydwhatchacallit6823 Před měsícem +8

      Thanks for the video. It's a wonderful Christmas present. Merry Christmas!

    • @thoughtbomb6490
      @thoughtbomb6490 Před měsícem +5

      Merry Christmas Joe!! Lol your channel has been a blessing these past couple years. Top tier content creation.

    • @nomcognom2414
      @nomcognom2414 Před měsícem

      Merry X-mas!
      As for "scientific exploration" entrepreneurs, we could do without many of them who are mostly in it for the money, glam and fun. And it's typically a certain profile of men, a lot more than women. I have seen many female scientists being entrepreneurs. Never saw one leading such fanciful projects.
      Most men are much better at selling things than pursuing genuine science. They will hire others to do the weird stuff, or will manage themselves to build some collapsible submersible, flying coffin, or whatever. (Sam Altman and even Ilya Sutskever check this case, BTW.)
      This initiative to recreate extinct fauna is complete nonsense at a time when we are destroying natural habitats and extinguishing species at mass scale.
      Of course it excites everyone's imagination to picture a tiny herd of DIY "woolly mammoths" in Siberia. And that means a lot of money could be won by achieving that or even just trying.
      But this, by entertaining people's fantasy that everything is possible thanks to science, like reviving any lifeform we make disappear on a daily basis, doesn't help us change course. Rather the contrary.
      People keep dreaming that science can solve every problem before problems (of our own making) destroy us. Like solving the energy and non renewable stuff crisis, or the climate crisis, etc. It is pure folly.

    • @mlhbrx96
      @mlhbrx96 Před měsícem +1

      Merry Christmas and happy holidays Joe!

    • @DaellusKnights
      @DaellusKnights Před měsícem +3

      Merry Christmas Joe!
      (also..) All Hail Master Predator Zoe!

  • @SaintPhoenixx
    @SaintPhoenixx Před měsícem +202

    I think Joe deserves some recognition for how he makes regular videos while also constantly hiding from his predator clone. Must be a nightmare trying to edit a video and then an evil version of you turns up with an axe.

    • @tavdy79
      @tavdy79 Před měsícem +3

      Are we sure there's only one predator clone? Harcourt Fenton Mudd ended up with five hundred android copies of his wife, Stella.

    • @Reach3DPrinters
      @Reach3DPrinters Před měsícem

      How can we be sure the "evil" one isn't the real Joe trying to remove the imposter!!!

  • @Locut0s
    @Locut0s Před měsícem +100

    I’m not going to lie Joe this was one of the smoothest segues you’ve done from topic to comic bit to advertisement. Nicely done!

  • @CyScorpion
    @CyScorpion Před měsícem +35

    Your creativity for incorporating your ad sales into your shows is incredibly unique.

  • @aremoreequal3288
    @aremoreequal3288 Před měsícem +15

    Some people freeze up when terrified, just like rabbits. I'm sure I'm not the first person in the world to notice it, but when I noticed a rabbit freezing in place, it reminded me of when I was a child and terrified of a ghost (I don't believe in ghosts, but that's now. I was terrified of ghosts when I was about six or seven). I was so terrified that I couldn't move, I squeezed my eyes shut and froze completely. Seeing the rabbit freeze up because I was walking near by. It probably helps the rabbit survive, they blend in with the enviornment and look like a tree stump or something. They don't make noise. They freeze. We probably have those same genes as well.

  • @planetdisco4821
    @planetdisco4821 Před měsícem +53

    I’m Australian so obviously it’s the Thylacine. Plus my understanding of it is that marsupials may be easier to clone using a surrogate species for gestation because they are so tiny when born and can complete their development in an artificial pouch. Then there’s all the other Aussie megafauna, only a few thousand years ago we had some utterly amazing animals roaming this country. Hippo sized wombats, giant kangaroos over 10 feet tall, a goanna bigger than Komodo dragons and a marsupial lion! Now that would be something to see….

    • @icarusbinns3156
      @icarusbinns3156 Před měsícem +7

      Thylacaleo (sp?) would be amazing. And suitably horrifying for Australia.
      Oh, who am I kidding? North America had some equally-unsettling beasts!
      As long as we don’t get the nightmare of stamina-sturdy land crocs, I think we should be pretty good!
      Rocky Mountain Locust can remain extinct. Seriously. No one should revive that problem. But American bees? Hell yes

    • @davidanderson2357
      @davidanderson2357 Před měsícem +9

      Yes... because all the animals still in Australia are so gentle and safe.

    • @caydenskinner8716
      @caydenskinner8716 Před měsícem +1

      I'm sure those would make great pets

    • @Australian_Made
      @Australian_Made Před měsícem +1

      ✌ 🇦🇺

    • @planetdisco4821
      @planetdisco4821 Před měsícem +1

      Actually I’ve got two hyperactive dobermans and I’ve often considered just for a laugh giving them a dye job with thylacine stripes and taking them for a walk in a National park and see what mayhem would ensue lol. Their body shape and size is almost identical to the Tassie Tiger.

  • @carolyncasner4806
    @carolyncasner4806 Před měsícem +934

    I know that they weren't extinct, but wolves and bison re-introduction to their habitat seems to have had positive results.

    • @smolmoru
      @smolmoru Před měsícem

      as long as they do their own thing outside human influence. sure, but imagine people being stupid enough to go and feed them, making them get closer to human settlements and as a result scare the people living there causing them to be seen as a danger that has to be dealt with.
      oh wait ... that *is* actually what's happening in my country in the last few years since they were brought back in the 00s. obviously that's not on the wolves, but should humans really meddle with nature so much when we're still so incapable to not be stupid for once?

    • @Shadowtiger2564
      @Shadowtiger2564 Před měsícem

      They didn't decide due to natural causes though.
      Humans practly wiped them out.
      That's a big difference

    • @chrisblake4198
      @chrisblake4198 Před měsícem +81

      That's because there were extant parent populations that new breeding groups could be pulled from and re-introduced in familiar environmental conditions in new locations. You can't discount the value of parental training in cases like this. I know we successfully rescue orphans and reintroduce them to the wild, but they're either being introduced into wild populations or being monitored as they make their own way, and very often they are at risk because they don't have all the skills a parent would have taught them.
      Now consider a nu-Mammoth. Mom was an asian elephant, and their intended habitat is the prairie and tundra of North America. Mom isn't going to know anything about surviving there, and humans can't really teach them what to do. The best we could do is feed them the stuff we hope they'll be able to eat in the wild and hope they can figure it out once they're released. Even then, I'm convinced the habitat we have isn't a close enough match to be able to sustain any sort of mammoth population at viable levels.

    • @thedragon2609
      @thedragon2609 Před měsícem +26

      That's the point, wooly mammoth habitats don't exist.

    • @thatunicornhastheaudacity
      @thatunicornhastheaudacity Před měsícem +44

      ​@@thedragon2609tundra exists.

  • @alanfike
    @alanfike Před měsícem +16

    The Tarpits are definitely arguably more interesting than anything in Los Angeles. There is nothing older in the city than what's contained in that exhibit. It's one place you can visit where you'll look at something and it's hard to wrap your brain around how old are those bones -- which is merely Joe Scott standing next to the remains of a long extinct animal, you can ask him his age.

  • @mrmosty5167
    @mrmosty5167 Před měsícem +14

    Interesting point on Smilodon. It makes sense that we still have a primal fear of carnivores like modern big cats. I often wondered why we depict monsters/demons with horns and or hooves. I'm going to assume that hunters attempting to score a kill amongst a grazer herd must've been assailed by defensive bulls that would either trample or gore them like modern bovids can. The anxiety of trying to get enough food for the tribe and survive must've scarred our collective consciousness with the shapes and armaments of these creatures

    • @Bob_Adkins
      @Bob_Adkins Před měsícem

      It's even worse than that. They were getting food for their own wives and children; the tribe was secondary.

  • @minx8215
    @minx8215 Před měsícem +16

    i'd be down to watch a video where you talk about the bacterial infections becoming immune to modern antibiotics that you mentioned if you're looking for video ideas!

    • @screwyourhandle
      @screwyourhandle Před měsícem

      Lol that's a no from me, I've already surpassed my lifetime quota of being scared shitless

  • @bryanrussell6210
    @bryanrussell6210 Před měsícem +24

    What would adding another keystone species or apex predators do to the existing environment? Wolves being reintroduced to Yellowstone restored balance and is an amazing testimony to this.

    • @lsdave42
      @lsdave42 Před měsícem +9

      I think the key is that wolves were re-introduced to an environment that they had only been absent from for a very short time, and no other species had yet taken over their niche. They had carved out that niche for themselves and everything had reached equilibrium, and re-introducing them just put things back closer to that previous balance.
      Life finds a way, though, and an ecological niche isn't likely to remain empty forever. Once another species starts to occupy that niche, I think the window for restoring things is closed.
      If you tried to add a species to a niche that is already occupied, I would expect competition resulting in the severe decline or extinction of either the newcomer or the established species. Perhaps even a chain reaction where one species was out-competed and pushed outside its geographical range and into new environments, where it was essentially an invasive species and possibly de-stabilized the ecosystem in its new range.
      Basically, I think adding a new species to a stable ecosystem would be a heck of a lot more complicated than re-introducing a species to its recent previous ecosystem.

    • @Oroberus
      @Oroberus Před měsícem +3

      Except that wolves were not 100% extinct in this habitat for thousands or hundreds of thousands of years. Those wolves were reintroduced into 'their' habitat mere decades after they left it, not into an habitat that kept evolving without them for milennia
      You REALLY don't want to bring back a species into an habitat that has evolved past that species, except you're one of those people that just want to see the world burn and cherish absolute chaos (in this case, how do you do fellow chaos champion? xD)

    • @KarlSnarks
      @KarlSnarks Před měsícem +2

      @@lsdave42 Mammoths could actually have a really good effect on permafrost in Siberia, by reintroducing the old tundra climate (currently most is boreal pine forests, which protect the permafrost less and also stores less CO2 than the tundra grasses did). They trample young trees and bushes, creating space for more biodiversity, and push snow deeper into the ground, making the ground colder.
      However, you don't actually need to bring them back for it, because currently in Siberia they're already using bulldozers to mimic some of the effects, and have introduced populations of smaller grazers. There's a short video on this Pleistocene Park czcams.com/video/RXAirenteRA/video.htmlsi=8xB9IbXL_t6wCzT6

    • @rachelann9362
      @rachelann9362 Před měsícem

      ⁠​⁠@@Oroberusand unfortunately, based on current research, the Australian, Tasmania, and New Guinea environments were already stretching the Thylacine to its limits. While humans, even the aboriginals that inhabited those areas first before the even more disasterous European colonization, absolutely had an effect, humans were not the ONLY cause-at least not directly through hunting and bagging incentive programs. They were already gone from Australia long before colonists got there. It’s likely dingos were already stretching their resources thin, and aboriginals accelerated the progress. There’s also the introduction of diseases they didn’t have defenses against. Now, they have not only human development taking over the landscape and reducing many prey items, there are additional competition in the form of domestic and feral dogs (that are slowly eating away at the dingo population via cross breeding, disease, and food competition), outdoor and feral cats, foxes, etc..
      While I think it would be awesome if there’s a population holding out in some remote forested region of New Guinea and Tasmania, I just don’t think it’s likely, and reintroducing them to Australian would just put a ton of strain on the native species that are still desperately hoping,holding on. The invasive animals would need to be eradicated to a large extent and land would be needed to convert back into wilderness to support their territories and prey species. I just don’t see how there’s anyway one could do it ethically right now without very, very serious changes.

    • @Oroberus
      @Oroberus Před měsícem

      @@rachelann9362 This might be true for some species but not for others, as I especially pointed out wolves. Wolves didn't vanish from north america because the habitat wasn't able to provide them anymore, they were hunted out of north america, therefor reintroducing them to north america, will not put a strain on the habitat

  • @williambarnebee40
    @williambarnebee40 Před měsícem +8

    I just heard a podcast about the Doddo. They actually tasted terrible and weren't hunted for food. They went extinct, most likely from habitat loss.

    • @Thurgosh_OG
      @Thurgosh_OG Před měsícem +6

      No. The records clearly show, they went extinct from the introduction of multiple non-native species, including predators and that starving ships crews compounded the problem by eating quite a lot of them. The habitat is still largely intact but Dodo's could not return to Madagascar, because those same predators and other introduced species are still there.

    • @rachelann9362
      @rachelann9362 Před měsícem +1

      Just because they weren’t tasty doesn’t mean they weren’t eaten, especially by stranded ship crew that are looking for quick and easy food sources when their food supplies ran out. It’s like they were the Carolina parakeets and poisonous to eat. You’ll eat anything once you’re desperate enough, even knowing that thing might kill you in the end. I wouldn’t be surprised if fugu was developed that way and eventually morphed into a delicacy for those with a death wish.

  • @emilrogengellschwaner3555
    @emilrogengellschwaner3555 Před měsícem +184

    I feel like they've talked about bringing the mammoth back longer than it has been extinct

    • @ppsayl1235
      @ppsayl1235 Před měsícem +1

      Gr8 point. Agreed.

    • @CloudyPuzzler
      @CloudyPuzzler Před měsícem +12

      Yeah, it just sounds like an excuse to get some fundraise.

    • @lolazal1
      @lolazal1 Před měsícem +1

      ​@@CloudyPuzzleror to do some other gene manipulation = weapon.

    • @davidmclay6182
      @davidmclay6182 Před měsícem

      I doubt it will happen anytime soon. The ethical question of putting an unknown embryo into an elephant and bringing it to term is way too much.

    • @theobserver9131
      @theobserver9131 Před měsícem +4

      I guess math is not your forte. Cute thing to say though.

  • @applessisnine2801
    @applessisnine2801 Před měsícem +7

    Joe, I think I have seen every video you have ever made, and I think that this side clip/sponsor part/sub plot/whatever is the very best one you have ever made. That was amazing and sooo very well done. Excellent job. 👍😀
    (and that says a lot because you have had many good ones, and it also made me make my first comment ever on one of your videos 👍)

  • @michaeljames5936
    @michaeljames5936 Před měsícem +5

    You may have already done a video on 'Pleistocene Park', but a deeper look at why bringing large mastodons back to the steppe tundra, is potentially so important, (Potentially, very , very important.) would have been interesting. Great vid. Thank you.

  • @alanfike
    @alanfike Před měsícem +4

    9:32 👏👏👏👍 Couldn't have said it better myself! We should be focusing on preventing more extinction.

    • @xrickardoxgamer3282
      @xrickardoxgamer3282 Před měsícem

      Maybe We Should Focus On Stopping Climate Change First Since Preventing Extinction Would Be Pointless And Probably Be More Rapid Time Goes On.. Climate Is Getting Worse Every Year Sadly

  • @thecompguy
    @thecompguy Před měsícem +3

    Joe, that was one of the best skits you've done and u managed to out due any ad performance, all in the same video!

  • @Buzzygirl63
    @Buzzygirl63 Před měsícem +2

    I have a fun memory of the La Brea Tarpits in the late 1980s. I was visiting the LA area and driving down Wilshire Blvd. and came across it, and I had to go around a few blocks to make sure I was seeing it correctly, because it's so close to downtown LA! Of course Google Maps and the Internet weren't a thing for travelers back then. I felt like I had found a treasure trove of ancient history and over 35 years later, I remember that visit fondly.

  • @transmascdruid77
    @transmascdruid77 Před měsícem +215

    Joe, you can never just make a nice, educational science video without some Family Guy-esque segway into the weirdest shit I've ever seen 😂

    • @joescott
      @joescott  Před měsícem +122

      I will accept this compliment. 😄

    • @hopegold883
      @hopegold883 Před měsícem +19

      I know it takes more time, but I love the cinematic stuff!! Really appreciate!!!

    • @extragoogleaccount6061
      @extragoogleaccount6061 Před měsícem +9

      I’ve had people tell me that one of their biggest fears is having to run from someone on the toilet with their pants down around their ankles ….i had never really considered it myself, but it was funny Joe included that touch.

    • @NeorecnamorceN
      @NeorecnamorceN Před měsícem +1

      ​@@joescottas you should!

    • @reshpeck
      @reshpeck Před měsícem +7

      ​@@joescottMore of this stuff, my man. You've got a natural talent for acting. Most CZcamsrs who do these sorts of things don't and so they come across as only serving their ego.

  • @chewysaiditfirst
    @chewysaiditfirst Před měsícem +1

    Happy Holidays Joe and crew🤗
    Thank you all for the amazing content! To quote the legend himself "have a a safe and happy new year love ya guys and take care"

  • @gelgography
    @gelgography Před měsícem +1

    merry christmas joe! i hope you and your wife had a good one

  • @authornathanday6983
    @authornathanday6983 Před měsícem +1

    Happy holidays Joe. Hope you end 2023 strong and that 2024 brings you, your family, your channel, and your team unprecedented success! Thanks for the knowledge and entertainment!

  • @TheStrykerProject
    @TheStrykerProject Před měsícem +3

    This kind of program would be great for rhinos (especially the extinct Black Rhino). I would also LOVE to see the Caspian Tiger and Archaeoindris (giant lemur) come back. I don't think they would become invasive, and they would be cool to have back (in an appropriate habitat, of course).

  • @cuttybang415
    @cuttybang415 Před měsícem +2

    Can I just say that I’m SO glad to see Zoe. I’ve been wondering how she’s doing. Thank you.

  • @derj1981
    @derj1981 Před měsícem +116

    Bringing back animals that went extint relatively recently makes sense, such as the Tasmanian tiger and passenger pigeon. IF they can be successfully reintroduced to their ecosystem. The tech could also be used to save nearly extinct animals like the northern white rhino.

    • @louiscypher4186
      @louiscypher4186 Před měsícem +14

      I disagree. Unless there's a specific function within the environment these animals serve that currently isn't being served all your doing is introducing potential problems. For example thylacine's which are so often branded about as the best candidate ignores the reason they went extinct.
      Due to human encroachment on their habitat the thyalassen started predating more and more on livestock which became such a hazard to humans they were hunted to extinction not for food but to protect human food supplies.
      Since their extinction humans impact upon Tasmania has only expanded. 50% decline in native mammals, roads criss-crossing the island and they have issues with feral cats and dogs. The enviroment is radically different then the one they were in just 100 years ago.
      Additionally there's the genetic issues, we have only 1 source of DNA for the thylacine. That's bound to introduce genetic issues within the population.

    • @Cman04092
      @Cman04092 Před měsícem +6

      ​@louiscypher4186 yeah, reintroducing anything we killed off sounds pointless to me. We are only expanding more and more and taking more habitats away, so bringing back animals that we have already killed off is probably just gonna end up with them all dead again, so why make the poor things suffer?
      Right now, we should focus on saving what we have and correcting shit behaviour and searching for better ways to live without impacting the environment to such an extent. If we ever get to that point, then yeah, let's bring em back.

    • @louiscypher4186
      @louiscypher4186 Před měsícem +3

      @@Cman04092 pretty much agree, but there are some cases where an extinct species can be beneficial.
      these likely aren't things that are popular though. For example there's some frogs control beetle numbers. Some moths eat aphids.

    • @kiltedcripple
      @kiltedcripple Před měsícem +3

      I would argue that within the last hundred years, we've erased any accurate reflection of what ecosystems these creatures died in. They can't be brought back and simply plugged in to an existing niche.
      This very much feels like the NdGT thing about "if we had the skills and tech to teraform Mars, we have the skills and tech to teraform Earth" like, if we have the resources to resurrect an extinct species, those resources might be better spent saving endangered but extant species... and maybe expanding past animal cloning and include plants and fungi. Joe brings this up around the 9 minute mark, but I like yeah... that should maybe have been the thesis?

    • @classic.cameras
      @classic.cameras Před měsícem +3

      Would a Passenger Pigeon if re-introduced just be bread out of existence by regular pigeons very quickly? Seems like that animal just go f'd out of existence and would be every time it is brought back.

  • @mrpeterson8948
    @mrpeterson8948 Před měsícem

    I just listen to your videos while i work most of the time because i dont want to miss what you have to offer, but I can't just sit and watch them...... having said that, I was listening to this video while cutting something on my table saw, and that bit you did for your sponsor was the best thing I've "seen" all week! I would love to see what you could do with a full studio and a big production company behind you. Keep it up Joe you do an amazing job with these videos.

  • @u574254
    @u574254 Před měsícem

    Hey Joe! Merry Christmas and happy new year! Just wanted to say love the way you did the Segway into the commercial! I really enjoyed and appreciate that. If ya gotta do a commercial might as well make it funny or entertaining! Golly good show ol’ chap👍🏻

  • @ElCharlieK14
    @ElCharlieK14 Před měsícem +2

    Joe: You got this, Bro!
    This is definitely your thing (talent) or i guess one of many.
    Thank you for informing us in this cool format.
    I'm a 51 year old man, and i watch these videos with my 12 yo son, and it's a great experience to learn new stuff together; Even though English is our 2nd language (we're from Mexico).
    Please keep teaching us.
    We appreciate it.
    Peace!
    El Charlie

  • @fardicus0004
    @fardicus0004 Před měsícem +2

    That Predator Clone bit was hilarious. Awesome video!

  • @kuromad
    @kuromad Před měsícem +14

    Letting AI decide what parts of the genome to use is such a great idea that it'd be a great setting for the next Terminator movie.

    • @Oroberus
      @Oroberus Před měsícem +1

      Nothing that includes "... letting AI decide ..." is a good idea EVER xD

    • @artistanthony1007
      @artistanthony1007 Před měsícem

      ​@@OroberusWe solved Protein Folding with AI so that is a lie.

    • @artistanthony1007
      @artistanthony1007 Před měsícem

      Please stop, AI is just a Intelligence that is produced artificially, I hate everyone constantly say Skynet Skynet Skynet.

  • @IWouldLikeToRemainAnonymous
    @IWouldLikeToRemainAnonymous Před měsícem +172

    My main practical worry with de-extinction is that we are looking for superficial traits or an incomplete set of necessary traits when planning a project to bring back a species. The Wolly Indian elephants with cold resistance may superficially look like Wolly Mammoths but does it have the insides of one? The traits that are only hidden on the inside of the body or worse yet, on the inside of their minds... Parenting, social structure and survival skills are key components to any mammal species (and most other animal species as well) that could be lost when trying to de-extinct a species.

    • @robloggia
      @robloggia Před měsícem +10

      I'm assuming we'd have to foster parents from a similar species. It wouldn't be a true copy of the original but at the moment I think it's the closest thing we could do.

    • @wolfzmusic9706
      @wolfzmusic9706 Před měsícem +10

      ​@@robloggiabut an Asian elephant will have no idea how to survive in the freezing cold

    • @chrisblake4198
      @chrisblake4198 Před měsícem +9

      @@wolfzmusic9706 Exactly. nu-mammoths would have no idea how to survive and thrive as a mammoth, and no one to teach them. The best we could hope for is to human raise them on an 'appropriate' diet for the place they want to introduce them, then release them and hope for the best. It's flat out cruel.

    • @quasimod
      @quasimod Před měsícem +6

      @@chrisblake4198 I doubt anyone would spend that much time and effort without a better plan than "hope for the best". Edit: Oh, and money. Gobs and gobs of money.

    • @pottyputter05
      @pottyputter05 Před měsícem +1

      ​@@chrisblake4198idk why people always act like things are this simple even while living lives themselves that certainly aren't so cut and dry as the motives they ascribe to others

  • @theunspoke815
    @theunspoke815 Před měsícem

    You have upped ur thespian game my friend!!! BRAVO!!! NICE JOB!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!🎄❤

  • @smagnusen
    @smagnusen Před měsícem

    You made a cliffhanger into an ad! Well done, and predator clone bit looks like the stuff you have fun doing, you’re great at it btw.

  • @LarsRibe
    @LarsRibe Před měsícem +2

    Not only is this channel AWESOME interesting and fun, but even the commercials are worth watching 😄

  • @SickOfJunk.
    @SickOfJunk. Před měsícem +1

    One of my favorite videos yet!!!!
    Thank you joe.

  • @RayBoulay
    @RayBoulay Před měsícem

    The best! So good.
    Thank you for your amazing work.
    Ray, from Vancouver, BC.

  • @AaronPaulIbarrola
    @AaronPaulIbarrola Před měsícem +21

    I want them to bring back the Kauai O'o because the recording of the last male of the spieces desperately singing for a female that would never come haunts my dreams and brings me absolute melancholy.

  • @zombiasnow15
    @zombiasnow15 Před měsícem

    Merry Christmas JOE and please have a Safe New Year❤🎉

  • @fett713akamandodragon5
    @fett713akamandodragon5 Před měsícem

    Predator Clone is my new fav sketch! 🤣🤣Merry Xmas Joe!

  • @1Jo9777
    @1Jo9777 Před měsícem

    Great Video as always, you should consider using the stillframe at 2:31 as the thumbnail, made me almost spit out my food :')

  • @dakaodo
    @dakaodo Před měsícem +2

    Great focus on the habitat required for the to-be-reintroduced species, its potential impact on habitats as they exist today. I was thinking exactly that they might constitute (re)invasive species when you made your point about temporally invasive species. :D
    TLDR Do we really know enough to authoritatively say what is a "keystone species" and what is not? A few million years of separation may hide a lot of unknown unknowns, leading to complications and unintended interactions.
    Re: the Colossus Biosciences quote, specifically about restoring "keystone species". If I were optimistic, I'd assume that the eggheads will do their due diligence and strive for a balanced, objective view of what "keystone" means. However, if their profit model in any way comes to rely on winning over the public's imagination (or even just investors with less rigorous scientific/academic backgrounds) with the sensational, then I strongly suspect all kinds of human cognitive biases are going to creep into the decision-making process on what constitutes a "keystone" species.
    Note that the PR material released by these companies, mentioned in the video, all focus on PETA-esque high profile, complex animals -- mammals, birds. Not a single mention of reviving extinct protozoa or lichens, or amphibians like the extinct toad Joe mentioned. B/c insects, fungi, germs, worms, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc aren't evolutionarily as close or relatable to an unsophisticated human audience. So what are these restored sexy mammals going to eat? A caveat: yes, simpler extinct species that supported the extinct target species are potentially easier to substitute with modern-day species that occupy the nearly the same ecological niche. But "nearly" may or may not be sufficient in all necessary cases. Not a hard "no", just a big "what about".
    e.g. For the proposed modified pseudo-mammoth, what will it eat? Are there enough plants in Siberia compatible with an Asian elephant diet? This goes back to Joe's point about pointlessly restoring an extinct species (or in this case filling a vacant ecological niche with a new hybrid species) that just quickly goes extinct again without ongoing intensive sustainment efforts by human overseers. We can't even feed our own pet dogs and cats the plant matter and other dietary elements their ancestors used to get from eating the offal of their prey. And that's in a relatively controlled environment of profit-driven industrial kibble production and our own homes. What will profit-driven biotech companies feed their hybrid engineered mammoths? Monsanto corn? :P

  • @corycardwell
    @corycardwell Před měsícem

    I was able to take my students on a field tip to tour and meet scientists from Colossal here in Dallas a couple weeks ago. Their facility is amazing and Nick from the scientist group was a rockstar with me and my students. You should have visited them for this video.

  • @shadowprince4482
    @shadowprince4482 Před měsícem +217

    That small difference in DNA can be massive. Just look at the barred owl and spotted owl. They can even sometimes hybridize and have fertile offspring. Yet, they are two pretty drastically different animals. I like the concept but wow does it need to be done carefully.

    • @theobserver9131
      @theobserver9131 Před měsícem

      What is the difference genetically between us and chimpanzees? I think it's less than 2%. While we are similar in some ways, that 2% makes us extremely different also. Fun fact; chimpanzees I think are the only other animal to wage war.

    • @theobserver9131
      @theobserver9131 Před měsícem +6

      Chimpanzees have also recently been seen learning to use spears. A frightening and recent development.

    • @harleysmusic3242
      @harleysmusic3242 Před měsícem +2

      You’re right. I’m quite surprised that they aren’t trying to perfectly replicate it. I think humans as a whole should be willing to give this a shot before we cut our losses on it.

    • @buckmurdock2025
      @buckmurdock2025 Před měsícem

      The difference in DNA squences between male chimps and male humans is less than the difference between male humans and female humNS.

    • @MrPendell
      @MrPendell Před měsícem +13

      Being able to create a viable organism from the DNA of an extinct species is definitely not the same thing as being able to resurrect an entire species and restore it to an original ecological niche. The natural process of speciation usually results in populations with the adaptive benefits of a broad range of genetic variation, which gives the species a leg up on adaptation when new evolutionary pressures come along, and protects offspring from the negative effects of inbreeding. De-extinction of a species from ancient DNA, even if several donor specimens could be found and used, would result in a population which has been through the worst evolutionary bottleneck in the history of life itself, and would very likely lead to significant genetic disease issues in the population.

  • @MatthewChowns
    @MatthewChowns Před měsícem +1

    That sponsor transition got a good laugh out of me. Great job with that integration!

  • @mrrob7531
    @mrrob7531 Před měsícem

    We love you too Joe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend.

  • @horaincertia7557
    @horaincertia7557 Před měsícem

    Merry Xmas joe and team🎉🥳🥳🤣🤣

  • @Starbyter2
    @Starbyter2 Před měsícem

    I'm legit glad I discovered this channel. Even more so that is someone from my own backyard in the DFW area! Keep up the great work Joe!

  • @vincepunter7504
    @vincepunter7504 Před měsícem

    Hi Joe I would just like to thank you in 2019 I came down with pancreatic cancer found your Chanel and been watching ever since when I watch you now it takes me back to a bad time that you made bearable Thank you 👍

  • @lc4468
    @lc4468 Před měsícem +31

    Bringing back the Ivory-billed woodpecker seems like it should be easier than a dodo. But the Moa, and Haast’s Eagle would be pretty epic too.

    • @sandrahurst4123
      @sandrahurst4123 Před měsícem +8

      I don’t think sheep ranchers and mothers of young children would want the Haast Eagle brought back.

    • @Skinflaps_Meatslapper
      @Skinflaps_Meatslapper Před měsícem +9

      @@sandrahurst4123 Their woes are irrelevant on the road to greatness. The weak children will be prey, but the strong children will learn to ride the eagles and form tribes which will terrorize countries and bring entire nations to their knees. Once they come of age and are no longer light enough to be carried on the backs of their steed, they will sacrifice themselves in battle by skydiving into enemy leaders with spears in each hand.

    • @Burt1038
      @Burt1038 Před měsícem +5

      Sounds awesome:
      "hey bros, let's bring back this dumb giant flightless bird".
      "cool!"
      "And then let's bring back this giant eagle to murder it!"
      "Super cool!"

  • @usaturnuranus
    @usaturnuranus Před měsícem +2

    I suppose this is a good idea in the big picture sense, like for example we're probably going to need a lot more beasts of burden when we finally deplete all of our oil, lithium, cobalt, etc etc etc...Oh well, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of us evolutionary survivors and the critters we manage to jump start in the near future :)

  • @BrandyHoelscher
    @BrandyHoelscher Před měsícem

    Merry Christmas Joe and folks. ❤

  • @cradusie
    @cradusie Před měsícem

    oh joe you so silly ^^ thanks for the great content and merry christmas

  • @eric2500
    @eric2500 Před měsícem +1

    "Thanks, Predator Clone!" (tm!)
    You, sir a sick, sick man! AND VERY FUNNY!!!

  • @DeTofuKing
    @DeTofuKing Před měsícem

    Thanks for the incogni ad at the end I had to pull out my cc 😂

  • @SparkBerry
    @SparkBerry Před měsícem +48

    An interesting approach is the Quagga Project in South Africa that started in 1987, where an attempt is being made to "bring back" the extinct Qwagga by selectively breeding zebras that have similar traits until they can get a close enough analog, and each generation they get closer and closer to the real thing.

    • @DOCDOCFLAMINGOS
      @DOCDOCFLAMINGOS Před měsícem +11

      Very interesting for sure!!... BUT... It also makes me think of nearly all purebred dogs and cats. In that all the selective breeding to get the ones that we know/have today, also brought a lot of health issues or problems that are found in each specific purebred!?!?

    • @Mikearice1
      @Mikearice1 Před měsícem +9

      @@DOCDOCFLAMINGOS Also it's more feasible with animals that breed quickly. Things like elephants, primates, and whales don't reach sexual maturity for a pretty long time, so changes can't be made very quickly this way.

    • @annierichardson5296
      @annierichardson5296 Před měsícem

      I remember reading something about a similar effort to “reverse engineer” the aurochs.

  • @denisebledsoe8836
    @denisebledsoe8836 Před měsícem +1

    Joe.. you are not to far from 2 million subscribers!! The skit is great! ❤

  • @sb-nl6ge
    @sb-nl6ge Před měsícem

    Ok Joe, Predator Clone was pretty funny; and it was hilarious the way you segued into the advertising. Nice job.

  • @frankmossa6445
    @frankmossa6445 Před měsícem

    Hey Joe. I'm a recent follower of your brilliant and informative channel, your humor. I totally gey and enjoy! I'm way up in Ont 🇨🇦 and well, I just want to say thank you!

  • @sandragoodman9380
    @sandragoodman9380 Před měsícem +1

    Fascinating video! And brilliant transition to the commercial!

  • @WilliamRoop-xt6rp
    @WilliamRoop-xt6rp Před měsícem

    FINALLY, someone who understands how to weave an ad into their video in an entertaining way with a perfect segway! Oh, and an entertaining presentation of interesting information. Ranks you right up with Kyle Hill (although YOUR segway was better).

  • @sarahmac27
    @sarahmac27 Před měsícem +27

    Thanks for another great vid! Hands down, the Tasmanian Tiger. But in doing so, we’d also need foxes and feral cats to be under control so the Tiger can be the top predator again. They’ve only been gone for a blip on the extinction radar, I mean we have them on film so hopefully it’s something they can do, I know there’s a lot of interest here in Oz.

  • @tenaoconnor7510
    @tenaoconnor7510 Před měsícem

    Awesome video 👍🏻👍🏻 things to think about and some quality entertainment 🤣😂🤣 Your pup is adorable😻

  • @ruthanngalt7402
    @ruthanngalt7402 Před měsícem

    This is my favorite episode! Merry Christmas.

  • @data5amurai
    @data5amurai Před měsícem

    Single funniest video I have seen so far Joe, bravo! Headbanging

  • @In_fluss
    @In_fluss Před měsícem

    Great content by the way, really well done. 🙏👍👏👏👏

  • @user-ol7bt4wp1j
    @user-ol7bt4wp1j Před měsícem +20

    I think dodos would be a great way to see weather bringing back a mammoth can be good idea, as dodos are a really recent species that died out and lived on a fairly small habitat like Mauritius, dodos would also be a great attempt at looking at the flaws of de extinction technology.

    • @reshpeck
      @reshpeck Před měsícem +6

      But where would they be reintroduced? Their only natural habitat now has an ecosystem full of predators, which is why they went extinct in the first place. Any other ecosystem lacking predators would be disrupted by the introduction of dodos.

    • @Nibleswick
      @Nibleswick Před měsícem +11

      @@reshpeck A significant number of historical sources talking about dodos mentioned how tasty and docile they were, that sounds like the perfect farm bird to me.

    • @knivescom
      @knivescom Před měsícem +2

      Good eating.

    • @kellydalstok8900
      @kellydalstok8900 Před měsícem +3

      *whether

    • @jeremiahvandoren7820
      @jeremiahvandoren7820 Před měsícem

      @@Nibleswick they were reportedly disgusting, and they weren't commonly eaten. They were driven extinct by pigs which rooted up their nests.

  • @eric2500
    @eric2500 Před měsícem +1

    Happy New Year Joe and Zoe!

  • @rodsprague369
    @rodsprague369 Před měsícem

    I would like to see the Steller's sea cow brought back. The idea of a big manatee like animal swimming about in the Arctic Ocean would have its charms.

  • @RemotelySkilled
    @RemotelySkilled Před měsícem

    Your best work so far! Wit, humour, mystery, good acting, great shots, perfect transition timing, you name it! 🤩
    But above all and serious evidence of a creators/designers professionalism: GROOVE METAL!!! I come a long way as a rock musician and digital media engineer, but you decided for exactly the genre of music, that is walking the edge of utterly threatening embodiment and atmosphere, and still avoiding to fall into ridicule (such as e.g. certain Black Metal). There was no better choice to support your sketch. You did it. The token of limitless respect for your work I hereby hand thee over, so thou may enshrine it. 🤣
    "Monsters under the bed": Credible conclusion, but difficult to reject with null-hypotheses. Seeing the breathtaking Ockham's razor of life even regarding survival, it seems more likely to be a deeply rooted developmental stage for children to confront themselves with safety & security in general. IMHO, Monsters are rather an abstract vessel for that, seeing the limited context of sleepy-time and parents caring for the requirements. I think of nature here, as of the bishop of canterbury: "Kill them all! Let God judge them." Life doesn't care about individuals and their needs. 😐
    Best, Seb

  • @Divintyrious
    @Divintyrious Před měsícem +1

    Mice problem in Australia? Bring back Taz Tigers. Makes sense. To them it's like running around finding chicken nuggets... or... mice... nuggets...
    Merry Xmas Joe, thanks for everything xox

  • @dantetre
    @dantetre Před měsícem

    13:04 It is hilarious how Joe's hair flows! :D
    BTW why is he using Fahrenheit on his thermostat? :P

  • @janetfoltz9090
    @janetfoltz9090 Před měsícem +25

    On a trip around California many years ago, friend and I stopped by the Tar Pits and found them so interesting! However, the lasting memory I have of them is that some small, black bird took it into its mind to attack me, at least three times. The little bugger wouldn't leave me alone! Despite that, the pits and what is found in them (and how the stuff is found) was wonderous. Love me some science!

    • @brandonhoffman4712
      @brandonhoffman4712 Před měsícem

      I had a bat do that once. I tried to net it but couldn't. Then flipped the net to the handle and hit a home run killing the bat...

    • @darksu6947
      @darksu6947 Před měsícem +1

      ​@@brandonhoffman4712touchdown! 😂

    • @bunnygirl2448
      @bunnygirl2448 Před měsícem

      I hope I can visit that one day too

    • @dewiz9596
      @dewiz9596 Před měsícem

      The Red Wing Black Bird is very territorial. . . I’ve been attacked more than once while cycling in the countryside. . .

  • @georgetirebiter7365
    @georgetirebiter7365 Před měsícem +1

    The hubris of thinking we know what would happen is mind-blowing.

    • @CharlesNauck
      @CharlesNauck Před měsícem

      Not exactly thats obvious, but understand you're typing into a modern marvel to express your Luddite opinion, lol.

  • @thedarkknight1971
    @thedarkknight1971 Před měsícem

    LOVE the 'Maximillian' statue on the shelf behind you!!! 👌 SUCH a GREAT film!!! 👍👍
    😎🇬🇧

  • @Tera_B_Twilight
    @Tera_B_Twilight Před měsícem

    super impressed with you rolling your running gag into your sponsorship. I don't need incogni right now but if I did, I would just for that! what doing that did (if you're looking for feedback) is make me watch the whole ad instead of skipping ahead once I heard who sponsored the video.

  • @darinclark1853
    @darinclark1853 Před měsícem

    Growing up here in the western Puget Sound it was a special event to see a raven or a bald eagle, now it's a weekly event if not daily.

  • @alanfarnworth2802
    @alanfarnworth2802 Před měsícem

    Merry Christmas, and a great video

  • @michaeldufresne9428
    @michaeldufresne9428 Před měsícem +20

    Awesome segue into the Incogni ad and although I anticipated the ending it was still funny. The whole predator clone thing was pretty funny. If we do dextinctions, I would like to see them be things we more recently did in than the mammoth, like the dodo or the passenger pigeon. I think the climate has changed too much for something like the mammoth to be brought back.

  • @shmandmouse3381
    @shmandmouse3381 Před měsícem +2

    Hi Joe. I love your work and think you are absolutely awesome. But when it comes to extinction stuff, I can't help but think of that George Carlin bit about saving the planet. To combat my aura of nihilism, i would like to wish you a merry festivus, may all your kin be blessed by the divine noodles, and may your grog be ever cool and drinkable. 😁♥

  • @ralhamami
    @ralhamami Před měsícem

    Man, that segue to the Incogni promotion was the stuff of legends. 😄👏🏽

  • @robertmcmurry5489
    @robertmcmurry5489 Před měsícem

    4:24 Did Joe just Britannica that, so good I love it.

  • @backwashjoe7864
    @backwashjoe7864 Před měsícem

    That was easily the best "stay with the ad" hook of 2023! I kept expecting the predator clone to be behind him in the closet, lol. But his ending was a great twist! Happy Holidays! :)

    • @tavdy79
      @tavdy79 Před měsícem

      I was hoping a predator clone would turn up wearing a badge saying it was clone #500.

  • @kotogray8335
    @kotogray8335 Před měsícem

    Happy New Year Joe!

  • @jfh667
    @jfh667 Před měsícem +20

    Well, animals created in labs would have legal protections and the corporation owning it could sue the people killing it and destroying their environment. But they'll probably going to try to charge you for seeing one in the wild too.

  • @ValerieBrooks-bi4ml
    @ValerieBrooks-bi4ml Před měsícem

    Let’s bring back the Dodo!
    Just found this channel after hearing about it from one of AJ’s videos at the Why Files. Loving it!

  • @jimrodgers3684
    @jimrodgers3684 Před měsícem

    Finally, a commercial I watched all the way through! Good luck, Joe. I think you'll need it!

  • @rondaherriott
    @rondaherriott Před měsícem +1

    I need them to create a mini wooly mammoth that would enjoy snuggling on my sofa. K thanks.

  • @cyberfutur5000
    @cyberfutur5000 Před měsícem

    Oh and Kudos for making the predator club ad just that tiny bit too long^^ I love that.

  • @johncliffalvarez6513
    @johncliffalvarez6513 Před měsícem

    Okay, one: just for the record, sexy never left. And two: that sponsorship transition and mini sketches was, mwah, Chef’s kiss! But seriously, I think they should bring the Giant Sloth back. Who wouldn’t want a gentle giant lugging around? Finally, thank you, Joe, for one hell of a great year of awesome content. Absolutely looking forward to what you cook up in 2024!

  • @Nico-ch9ul
    @Nico-ch9ul Před měsícem +6

    Seeing that "Predator Joe" skit in the patreon stream was fantastic, seeing it in the actual Video was even better! Keep up the great work Joe and have a great 2024. Happy holidays!!!

  • @dahn57
    @dahn57 Před měsícem

    Oh, that monster under the bed bit near the beginning sent shivers down my back

  • @robhoffman7516
    @robhoffman7516 Před měsícem

    Okay, seriously, great job on the sponsor skit. Got me to watch the whole thing!

  • @kathywhite4547
    @kathywhite4547 Před měsícem

    Merry Christmas Joe

  • @gilbertonogueira3481
    @gilbertonogueira3481 Před měsícem

    Been absent from the channel for a while. I miss the chair spin at the beginning, but I am glad that the intro remains the same.

  • @tedkrapf1302
    @tedkrapf1302 Před měsícem

    Zoey...... NOOOOOO!
    Another great year, Joe & Team -- Keep up the amazing work in 2024. Happy Holidays & New Year!!

  • @joshuazeeman7553
    @joshuazeeman7553 Před měsícem +12

    Thanks for all the great videos this year Joe! Hope you had a good holiday spent with the family. Can't wait to see what you have in store next!

  • @williamtomlinson4322
    @williamtomlinson4322 Před měsícem

    The murder clone skit, particularly the ad read in the closet had big Michael from the office vibes particularly one of those silly safety briefs he did

  • @erik_carter_art
    @erik_carter_art Před měsícem +1

    I would love to see a Tasmanian tiger brought back. Also a mammoth, of course.

  • @axelschweiss3138
    @axelschweiss3138 Před měsícem

    You must be the only youtuber whos ads I actually watch just because of the creative und unexpected setups 😀 Feel free to use this when negotiating your cut the next time around :P

  • @ribleshark2242
    @ribleshark2242 Před měsícem

    the transition for the sponsor is very smooth XD, (can't find de video of gamethory on metroid and parasite X not math pat vidéo)