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Dinosaur cloning hoax circulates the Internet


Posted on Monday, 31 March, 2014 | Comment icon 19 comments

The story turned out to be a total fabrication. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Christoph Bock
The prank news item claimed that British scientists had managed to clone a live dinosaur called 'Spot'.
Despite appearing several days before April 1st, the imaginative piece published on controversial website 'News Hound' announced that scientists at Liverpool's John Moores University had successfully produced a baby Apatosaurus and were incubating it at their lab.

The story soon went viral, with links appearing all over social media. The 'news' was met with both excitement and dismay, with some commenters likening the ethics of the event to those explored in Steven Spielberg's classic movie "Jurassic Park".

As it turned out however the story was, unsurprisingly, a complete hoax. An image of the alleged dinosaur included with the piece was actually that of a baby kangaroo and the quotes from the scientists involved were bogus.

While it isn't outside the realm of possibility that we may one day be able to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, there's still a long way to go before such an outcome becomes a reality.

Source: Independent | Comments (19)

Tags: Dinosaur, Prank, Hoax

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by moonshadow60 on 31 March, 2014, 19:05
I'm rather fond of the name Sparky.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Troublehalf on 31 March, 2014, 23:55
Remember folks, 5th of April is supposed to be the Alien Invasion hoax. So, watch those skies (That is, if you're in USA, France, UK and Holland) Please note, I may have missed some countries out from the list. Sorry.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lilly on 31 March, 2014, 23:58
April Fools Day always brings out this kind of stuff.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Scheming B on 1 April, 2014, 0:01
So that 500 dollar down payment I gave to Chichi who lives on the corner wasn't to save my place in the dinosaur rodeo that'll be coming in a few years? It's like you can't trust one eyed meth addicts w/ hook hands anymore
Comment icon #14 Posted by ancient astronaut on 1 April, 2014, 1:49
I'd name it Kaiser Soze.
Comment icon #15 Posted by 6.6.6 on 1 April, 2014, 7:47
I knew it was a hoax the second I read "British scientists"
Comment icon #16 Posted by MJNYC on 2 April, 2014, 15:41
I see your point. However, that would be a pretty cool name. If you were'nt a fan of the Munsters, then you wouldn't know that Spot was their pet that lived under the stairs. Love this and exactly!
Comment icon #17 Posted by coldethyl on 5 April, 2014, 19:33
Good grief. April fools has gone way too far.
Comment icon #18 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 7 April, 2014, 15:19
I'd call it Denver. Five points for anyone who knows the reference.
Comment icon #19 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 7 April, 2014, 15:39
First two words excited me for a second til third word came


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