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Came across an article titled "Could scientists resurrect the dodo bird?" and it made me wonder: suppose there was a mesorah that the Dodo bird was kosher before it went extinct in 1681.

If we in 2019/2020 were able to bring back this Dodo bird, would it again fall under its previous mesorah and be permissible for us to eat again?

Couple of larger questions that could contribute to the answer:

  • Would written/ documented mesorah serve as enough proof OR do we literally need people passing it down from generation to generation

  • Once the mesorah for a bird is gone it's gone forever OR it could potentially be "reawakened"?

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    The Torah prohibits certain birds with certain negative qualities. The rest are fair game (pun?) shach (82:6) seems to say once it’s checked as part of the mesora, it need not be checked again, basically – Dr. Shmuel Feb 24 at 21:11
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    I was told that in the town of Halberstadt, they used to shecht a pigeon every year in order to keep the mesorah. Further, I asked whether I could eat quails' eggs and was told not because we do not have a kabboloh of shechting quails. All stories - no sources. – Avrohom Yitzchok Feb 24 at 21:12
  • Does the Mesorah discontinue just because the species goes extinct? – DonielF Feb 24 at 22:24
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    @DonielF yep was curious about that as well – alicht Feb 24 at 22:44
  • I suspect, the WHOLE POINT of the tradition is that it does not break, that there aren't hundreds of years without practicing it. Once it's resurrected, nobody holds the tradition, nobody knows what it is. – Al Berko Feb 25 at 11:23

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