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Reflections on Martha’s Centennial

By De-Extinction, Passenger Pigeon One Comment

– by Ben Novak The passenger pigeon was once the world’s most plentiful bird. September 1 is the centenary of the bird’s extinction. Martha, the last pigeon of the species, died at the Cincinnati Zoo and now can be viewed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.  There is no limit to the alluring curiosities of living things, and no end to the mysteries of those gone. Contrary to the poetic nature of “righting past wrongs” that some attribute to the de-extinction of passenger pigeons, I view the de-extinction of the passenger pigeon as a project seeded in our present and…

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