THOR heartthrob Chris Hemsworth supports a ferocious attempt to bring back an extinct tiger nearly a century after it was extinct.
The Tasmanian tiger disappeared in 1936, but scientists want the creature to ‘extinct’.
Chris, 39, along with actor brothers Luke, 41, and Liam, 32, are investors in Australian genetic engineering company Colossal Bioscience, which is the Multi-million dollar project.
The same team has previously spoken of plans to revive the woolly mammoth.
However, experts hope to welcome the first living Tasmanian tiger cub – officially known as the Thylacine – in just 10 years.
The last known species died out in the 1930s after the species was hunted to extinction.
Colossal claims the massive mission can be accomplished through the use of stem cells and special gene editing technology.
“The Hemsworth family has done much to protect the marsupials, and they lead the charge in bringing the Tasmanian devil back to the mainland and creating a population outside of Tasmania,” said Ben Lamm, co-founder of Colassal The Herald Sun.
“I came into contact with Chris and Luke as we were building our Series A and decided to invest in the company.
“They were incredibly passionate, not only about the return of the thylacine, but also how the technologies Colossal is developing can be used to help with marsupial conservation and gestation. We couldn’t be happier for their support and dedication.”
Thor star Chris said his family is committed to supporting conservation efforts around the world, particularly closer to Australia.
“The extinction of the Tassie tiger has had a devastating impact on our ecosystem and we are thrilled to support the revolutionary conservation effort led by Dr. Pask and the entire Colossal team,” he explained.
If the team is successful, they will be the first to “go extinct” a species.
But other experts are skeptical.
Professor Jeremy Austin of the Australian Center for Ancient DNA said so Sydney Morning Herald that the idea is a “fairytale science”.
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https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9265716/chris-hemsworth-backs-tasmanian-tiger-extinction-return/ Insiders plan to BRING BACK the Tasmanian Tiger that was wiped out nearly a century ago – with the help of Chris Hemsworth