Martin and Fatboy,
My last post was a generalized statement towards gene pools and such. *If you read the second paragraph with a viewpoint of a specie that we do not have much data on, then my repopulation paragraph will make more sense.
Likewise, if you read the gene pool paragraph and replace N. clipeata with an animal, you can see the possible effects of breeding w/ a limited gene pool. *This is one of the many problems that mammal scientists are facing is how to maintain an endangered specie population alive when the population is small and not risk genetic defects resulting from breeding with a small gene pool. *Look at the Northern White Rhino (~30 count), or the Javan Rhino (60 in Indonesia, 10 in Vietnam), and you can see the possible birth defects that can occur from breeding.
I don't know and I'm not sure if anyone has extensive data to indicate how long N. clipeata and other CPs have been in existance, except for the Aldrovanda as we can trace them via their seeds.
I do think that man should try to reverse its impact on the environment, and do it for the sake of the species, and not man. *This can be interpretted as allowing nature to run its course when a specie becomes extinct *not caused* directly or indirectly by man.
(Edited by Emesis at 11[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]5 am on Nov. 4, 2001)