“Breeding-back” aims to restore or immitate extinct animals by selective breeding. Most popular example is a Quagga Project. Quagga project trying to create Equus quagga burchellii which looks like extinct Equus quagga quagga. Should these animals not have stripes to introduce the Equus quagga in the Cape Town area? For me it is a bit strange, I am curious about your opinion, in particular that there are some people on the forum from around Cape Town where, according to Wikipedia, new quaggas will be introduce.
Second example is an Tauros Programme. Creating a cattle race that looks like wild form of Bos primigenius. And we know how they look thanks to paints and literature (no photos). Long term goal is a reintroduction of these cattle to rewilding european areas. Sounds great but, why they should look like their antcestors in modern times. Will natural selection create a wild form of free domestic cattle anyway?
Why ancient phenotypes are needed? What do you think about it?