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New dinosaur resurrection method proposed


Posted on Monday, 23 December, 2013 | Comment icon 27 comments

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According to one biochemist, it may one day be possible to 'de-evolve' birds back in to dinosaurs.
While recent research in to the viability of retrieving usable DNA from prehistoric blood-sucking insects trapped in amber has suggested that a real-life Jurassic Park might be an impossibility, elsewhere scientists have been looking at a little known alternative process through which the dinosaurs could be brought back from extinction.

Oxford biochemist Dr Alison Woollard has suggested that dinosaurs might be accessible through the genetics of their modern day descendents - the birds. The method would involve effectively 'de-evolving' birds in to dinosaurs by 'switching on' the long dormant genes associated with dinosaur-like behaviors and attributes.

"We know that birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs, as proven by an unbroken line of fossils which tracks the evolution of the lineage from creatures such as the velociraptor or T-Rex through to the birds flying around today," said Dr Woollard.

"Could we 'rewind’ evolution by switching these genes back on and using them to guide the development of that bird’s offspring, and its offspring’s offspring, backwards?"

Source: Telegraph | Comments (27)

Tags: Dinosaurs

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Comment icon #18 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 27 December, 2013, 14:20
Not all of them did. Mainly that was the carnivores. The ones with the stubby arms bent at a familiar "chicken wing" angle. I wonder why that is... Yeah thats really funny. Just imagine t-rex "turning out" to be a "black" bird..
Comment icon #19 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 27 December, 2013, 21:02
Somehow i don think dinos became birds. The Coelacanth, crocodiles, Nautilus, Horseshoe crab n many others have not changed at all thru the millions of years... Its called sub-species, Coelancanth is a fish, Crocodiles arnt dinosaurs
Comment icon #20 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 27 December, 2013, 21:04
Hmmm... i do believe there might be some changes. Such as the growth of horns for self defence, growth of claws for climbing/perching, getting furry for protection from cold n lots more... But i don think it be something so drastic as becoming a bird.. It takes millions of years to evolve, not overight, The rapter family seems to have taken that route into flight, they are raptors that had feathers and covered their limbs in a wing like fashion
Comment icon #21 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 28 December, 2013, 4:35
they r similar to dinosaurs.. Hence living fossils..
Comment icon #22 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 28 December, 2013, 4:42
Its called sub-species, Coelancanth is a fish, Crocodiles arnt dinosaurs They r similar to dinosaurs.. hence living fossils..
Comment icon #23 Posted by ShadowSot on 28 December, 2013, 5:33
Actually crocodiles and birds are in the archosauria clade.
Comment icon #24 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 28 December, 2013, 20:29
They r similar to dinosaurs.. hence living fossils.. so whats your point?
Comment icon #25 Posted by ShadowSot on 28 December, 2013, 20:35
so whats your point? His point is he dramatically misunderstands evolutionary theory and thinks that gives him license to critique it.
Comment icon #26 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 29 December, 2013, 14:55
so whats your point? Then read it again n again n again!
Comment icon #27 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 31 December, 2013, 20:52
Then read it again n again n again! so you actually don't know


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