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Erin Ross Jun 10
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New names for extinct species

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If it walks like a dodo bird and talks like a dodo bird, don't call it one because it probably isn't. They've been extinct for over 350 years.

As conservationists and geneticists toss around the idea of re-creating extinct species, there are some practical concerns to address before any are introduced. For instance, what to call the new animals. A paper published Friday in Science argues that de-extinct animals should have the suffix "recr" from the Latin recrearis, meaning revived, added to their scientific name. If we brought back the dodo, the flightless bird would get a new name: Raphus cucullatus recr.