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Extinct Species Among Us

Posted by pbio on 07 May 2009 at 22:14 GMT

Author: Brian Werner
Position: Executive Director/ Tiger Conservationist
Institution: Tiger Missing Link Foundation
Submitted Date: December 23, 2006
Published Date: December 26, 2006
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Just an FYI-

I said that this variation in subspecies was highly possible over 11 years ago (1995) and now of course they (these experts) are proving me right. I went so far in that I told Ron Tilson that he and his conservationists do not even know what they are trying to save from extinction, that he had to first identify the tigers, all tigers; including the captive ones through genetic testing before he could successfully attempt to conserve the genetic diversity among them. I mentioned that there might be 9 or 10 subspecies or even an alleged extinct species still among us.

See http://biology.plosjourna...

Brian Werner
Tiger Link

Competing interests declared: My philosophy that we should be genetically typing every tiger in captivity and in the wild when feasible. To do so as too determine what value these tigers may have to conserving genetic diversity and eliminating inbreeding of tigers within a managed breeding program.

Reference my life work at