List of resurrected species

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This is a list of resurrected species. So far, there is no scientifically verified method of DNA resurrection of a previously extinct species.


Pyrenean Ibex

The Pyrenean ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) is an Iberian ibex subspecies with the unfortunate moniker of the first animal to go extinct twice. Endemic to the Pyrenees and Cantabrian Mountains, this ibex was driven to extinction due to competition with livestock and introduced wild ungulates. Several attempts were made to clone the Pyrenean ibex, and one individual was born to a domestic goat mother in 2003. However, this newborn died within minutes due to a lung defect.[1]

Seed Germination

Judean Date Palm

The Judean date palm is a cultivar of the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) that is historically endemic to ancient Judea - modern Israel and Palestine. It is genetically unique, and closely related to modern Iraqi and Moroccan varieties.[2]

A common agricultural crop in antiquity and the Middle Ages, the Judean date palm declined during the Ottoman Period in the region due to climatic changes and changing land use, and was confirmed extinct by the 19th Century.[3] Between 1963 and 1991, archaeologists discovered Judean date seeds in excavation sites. through radiocarbon dating, they were determined to be between 1,900 and 2,300 years old. In 2008, researchers at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies began to germinate the seeds.[2]

As of 2023, 7 Judean date palms have successfully germinated. In 2020, researchers began to harvest dates from these trees. Experiments to revive this cultivar are ongoing.[4]


Known only from thawed specimens
  • Pithovirus sibericum: 30,000 year old giant virus[5]
Already known from extant specimens prior to thawing

See also


  1. ISSN 0093-691X
  2. ^ a b Sallon S, Cherif E, Chabrillange N, Solowey E, Gros-Balthazard M, Ivorra S, Terral JF, Egli M, Aberlenc F. Origins and insights into the historic Judean date palm based on genetic analysis of germinated ancient seeds and morphometric studies. Sci Adv. 2020 Feb 5;6(6):eaax0384. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0384. PMID: 32076636; PMCID: PMC7002127.
  3. ^ Goor A., The history of the date through the ages in the holy land. Econ. Bot. 21, 320–340 (1967)
  4. ^ "Six new ancient date trees". Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Retrieved 2023-03-13.
  5. S2CID 87146458
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