The strategy of Eco-de-extinction is to use the genomic blueprint of an extinct organism as the guide to producing the ideal surrogate population of organisms to assume the ecological role of that extinct organism.
The product of Eco-de-extinction is not a duplicate of an extinct species, but a new population of individuals that performs an ecological role differentially than their relatives: an ecotype.
Supporting principle: Species adapt phenotypes, such as body shape, behavior, and physiological processes to their environment. Interactions with other organisms also heavily shape a species’ adaptation. Many phenotypes are directly controlled and created by genes. The genome of every species has been shaped through evolution to the environment and coevolution with other species, and is a record of the traits that influence species ecology. This form of de-extinction works very much from the guiding principle of the “central dogma” of genetics, extending the dogma of genotype to phenotyp to the ecosystem level. This gives us the Eco-de-extinction dogma:
The image below depicts methods of Quantitative De-extinction – the use of breeding strategies and quantitative genetics (the study and manipulation of inherited traits) to generate extinct phenotypes.