Scientists Clone Frog that Upchucks Its Offspring Back from Extinction

So disgusting yet so awesome at the same time!


Alas, it still won’t give us feisty dinosaurs from the Triassic, but scientists have managed to use a cloning technique to resurrect an extinct frog that gives birth by upchucking its little ones.

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No really, this type of frog incubates its eggs in its stomach — a technique known as”gastric-brooding” — sort of like the gut-dwelling monstrosities in the Alien films. Except its completely non-sinister babies don’t come tearing out of their mother’s stomachs, they simply make their way up the gullet and out of the mouth. The eggs are coated in an acid-inhibiting substance, which allows the embryos to do their thing undisturbed.

And yet by 1983, gastric-brooding frogs had become extinct for reasons no one’s entirely clear on (scientists suspect various non-human causes, including habitat loss, parasites and a type of fungal infection). How do you bring an odd-sounding…

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