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Extinction?

Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.

 

Puzzle ID:#7836
Fun:*** (2.71)
Difficulty:*** (2.36)
Category:Science
Submitted By:FBrstw*

 

 

 



There is an animal that could become extinct tomorrow, but next year there could be thousands or even millions of them. Can you name the animal?

Note: no cloning is involved.





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Comments

sailingwrestler*ca
Oct 08, 2002

I like that....I think that I could of got it if I would of took a couple more minutes to think about it.
(user deleted)
Oct 15, 2002

If there were a global catastrophe, all species could be extinct within a year.
im_para_noid**
Oct 24, 2002

just a note, it could be a lot of animals that are made when two animals, such as a horse and cow, mate and make a different third animal. take the tiger muskey for example.
im_para_noid**
Oct 24, 2002

but I still say that it is a good teaser.
quinnomatic*
Oct 30, 2002

not bad. weird but not bad.








































AbdulAziz
Nov 04, 2002

I thought of mosquito but then mosquito is not an animal

good
poppycat
Nov 04, 2002

Although it had more than one answer and isn't exactly a teaser (more of just a fact), it is good. Oh, and a mosquito isn't the answer, but it is technically an animal.
jucy-lu
Nov 04, 2002

how do you figure that a mosquito is 'technically' an animal?
meaix
Jan 24, 2003

First off, I thought of a starfish. They will reproduce through regeneration so if you took one and chopped it into it's subsequent arms they would all grow into full mature starfish.

As for mosquitos--They are class insecta which are members of Phylum Arthoropoda which is a further subdivision of Kingdom Anamalia. No doubt about it, mosquitos are animals just as all insects are. In fact, they make up the largest number of animals.

One last question--im_para_noid. What the hell would you get if you mated a cow and a horse. You must live on a very interesting farm.
Cattleman7x7
Aug 21, 2003

a mosquito is an animal because it is part of the animalia kingdom. it's not technically an animal, it is an animal.
Bobbrt**
Aug 26, 2003

I don't think starfish works, meaix, because in your scenario they are not "extinct", they are just "in pieces". And I, too will jump on the bandwagon and reiterate that mosquitos are of course animals.
timmyboym**
Nov 04, 2003

There may be a science experiment on how to create mosquios, and if all the mosquitos were extinct tomorrow, and then the next day the experiment was successful, and they created a mosquito which bred to creature hundreds...thousands...millions...
(This could be any animal)
yogi
Nov 04, 2003

What about maggots?
ttrules
Nov 04, 2003

there could be lots of other animals
rachmoose*
Nov 05, 2003

ummmmm. guys you can't mate a cow and a horse. It wouldn't work.
howdyall1311*
Nov 06, 2003

Good teaser, many answers as some have said, but still good, mule is probably the most common. And as for the mosquitos becoming extinct, what would make anyone want to bring them back?
xiaobaby
Nov 07, 2003

lol to mating a cow and a horse. cross breed may not mean a cow mating a horse. its like taking the genes and breeding genetically? i tot of a single-celled asexual organism like amoeba or something and reproduce it self the next day?
Steve1973Aus*
Sep 21, 2005

I was thinking of something along the lines of:

Chickens. If they go extinct, the eggs could still hatch. (Or any egg laying creature.)

Anything that Metamorphs. (All butterflies die, and caterpillers change into them afterwards).

Or something that can survive suspended animation -- like larva of insects. (Freeze something like a helgamite, and it'll live for years before it finally thaws out and becomes a Dolbus Fly.)

Perhaps even something like a locust? They die out here, and don't come back for 17 years....

Lots of answers on this one I think.
broken_dreams*it*
Apr 28, 2006

it could basically be any hybrid. like a liger or tigon (or mule). lots of things...
vbguy101*us*
Sep 25, 2006

bookworm91**
Apr 16, 2007

It could also be a hinny. But, mule is probably the most common hybrid. Great teaser!
Deedee123*ca*
Apr 01, 2009

any cross-breed would work.
WHy is it called a mule anyway?



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