The Aurochs and the Tarpan have been (sort of) "re-created" by selective breeding, and now I'm wondering: Can the same thing be done with dinosaurs?
Once, when I was eating a chicken wing, I saw that it had a small "thumb", complete with a li'l claw, and though I knew before that birds are the decendants of dinosaurs it was still cool to see that. Later I learned that there's a kind of bird, the Hoatzin, whose chicks has got "fingers" that are so well developed that they can use them to climb away from predators. The fingers becomes useless as the bird grows up, but still, they've got 'em.
Now, here's my thought: You take the chickens* that's got the best developed thumbs, and you start a breeding programme that allows the most "dinosaurian" chickens to meet and, well, interact, in a supervised manner.
What would the result look like after some generations? Still like bog-standard chickens? What do you think?
*Why chickens, why not Hoatzins, you might wonder? Well, chickens are cheaper, and far easier to come by. Simple as that.
Edited by Sofia Alexandra, 12 October 2005 - 08:37 PM.