Stewart Brand begins today’s TED Talk with an elegy for Martha of Cincinnati, who died in 1914. No, Martha is not a person. She was the very last passenger pigeon.
Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?“Extinction is a different kind of death — it’s bigger,” says Brand in this talk, given at TED2013. “This had been the most abundant bird in the world. They lived in North America for 6 million years — suddenly it wasn’t here at all.”
But, Brand shares, the passenger pigeon could now be brought back to life. He calls it: de-extinction.