In fact, Archer, who has a specimen that dates back to 1866, boasted recently in an interview with the BBC that within 50 years it will be possible to walk out of a pet store with a Tasmanian tiger on a leash.
Web sites at ABC, CBS, and CNN hyped the news to the hilt. "I call this the Jurassic Park syndrome," says Michael Hutchins, director of conservation and science for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. The movie, which brought velociraptors and a brontosaurus back to life on screen, seems to have inspired a number of assertions that extinct animals really can be cloned including the woolly mammoth, the giant sloth, and the quagga, a partially-striped variety of zebra.
Vicki Croke, "Reports of tiger's return greatly exaggerated," The Boston Globe, June 21, 1999
The cloning of the rhesus monkey is less dramatic than the cloning of the sheep because primitive embryos were duplicated, rather than adult animals. But it marks the first time the technique has been used to reproduce animals so closely akin to humans. ...
And while the cloning of adult humans is a more distant possibility, the scientists are well aware of the specter they have raised.
''The idea that there is a rich person who is a maverick or an eccentric or worse out on some island is what we call the Jurassic Park syndrome,'' said Russ Meintz, director of the Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology at Oregon State University. ''It's more science fiction than reality.''
Bob Baum, "International news," The Associated Press, March 2, 1997