Hominid and Alien De-Extinction | Summary and Q&A

March 26, 2022
John Michael Godier
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Hominid and Alien De-Extinction


Frozen organisms, like the 57,000-year-old mummified wolf and Otzi the iceman, highlight the potential for long-term preservation in permafrost. This raises questions about extracting DNA from frozen archaic humans and the potential dangers of viruses being preserved and transmitted.

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Key Insights

  • 🛟 Permafrost serves as a natural time capsule, preserving ancient life forms like mammoths and wolves.
  • ❓ Extraction of DNA from frozen archaic humans can provide insights into our evolutionary history.
  • 🙃 The potential for de-extinction raises ethical questions and requires advanced technological capabilities.
  • 🥶 Viruses can survive long-term freezing, posing risks if infected frozen bodies are discovered.
  • 🛟 DNA could serve as a storage medium for alien civilizations to communicate or preserve information.
  • 👾 Interstellar meteorites may contain remnants of alien microbial life, leading to new possibilities for de-extinction.
  • 🙃 The practice of de-extinction has potential benefits for restoring ecosystems, but careful considerations are needed to prevent invasive species and environmental disruption.


Our amazing world is capable of preserving a  record of the life on it to an astounding degree   both through fossilization, which  is how we know about the dinosaurs,   to actually freezing animal life in permafrost to  be revealed often tens of thousands of years later   as that ice melts. Most famously this comes  in the form of well-preserved b... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: How long can life be preserved in permafrost?

Life can be preserved for tens of thousands of years in permafrost, as evidenced by the ancient wolf and Otzi the iceman.

Q: Can DNA be extracted from frozen archaic humans?

DNA extraction from frozen archaic humans is possible, as seen with the extraction of Denisovan DNA from cave bones. This may provide insights into their genetic makeup and relationships with other human species.

Q: Is de-extinction of ancient species possible?

De-extinction techniques like genome editing, selective breeding, and cloning offer possibilities for bringing back recently extinct species. However, challenges remain, such as the lack of male DNA and technological limitations.

Q: What are the dangers of viruses preserved in frozen bodies?

Viruses can survive long-term freezing, and the discovery of plant viruses in glaciers suggests the possibility of virus preservation. If a virus-infected frozen Denisovan or alien body is found, there could be risks of transmission to modern humans.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Our world can preserve life through fossilization and freezing. Notable examples include frozen mammoths and the ancient wolf found in the thawing permafrost in Canada.

  • Otzi the iceman, a 5,000-year-old human found in glacial ice, provides evidence of long-term preservation and the possibility of extracting ancient DNA and studying their characteristics.

  • There is a potential risk of viruses, capable of infecting humans, surviving and being transmitted if a virus-infected frozen Denisovan or alien body is discovered.

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