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Scientists grow a dinosaur leg on a chicken


Posted on Saturday, 12 March, 2016 | Comment icon 13 comments

Scientists managed to turn part of a chicken back in to a dinosaur. Image Credit: PD - Wiki
A recent reverse evolution experiment has succeeded in growing a dinosaur's limb on a farmyard bird.
Modern chickens might not look particularly vicious, but inside their bodies they possess many genetic throwbacks from a time when their distant ancestors were large, carnivorous reptiles.

But is it really possible to turn back the clock and transform a chicken in to a Velociraptor ?

To find out, scientists at the University of Chile recently conducted a reverse evolution experiment involving a lower leg bone called the fibula which was believed to be long and tube-shaped in dinosaurs but is now short and splinter-like in modern birds.

With a bit of genetic tinkering, the researchers were able to effectively disable the gene which limits the fibular's growth in chickens thus creating a modern bird with the leg bone of a dinosaur.

"The experiments are focused on single traits, to test specific hypotheses," said evolutionary biologist Alexander Vargas, one of the scientists involved in the project.

"Not only do we know a great deal about bird development, but also about the dinosaur-bird transition, which is well-documented by the fossil record."

Whether we will ever be able to genetically rewind an entire bird however remains to be seen.

Source: Extreme Tech | Comments (13)

Tags: Chicken, Dinosaur


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye on 12 March, 2016, 10:27
wow .. now think of the 'hot wings' ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by XenoFish on 12 March, 2016, 20:12
I'm going to wake up one day and see a 300 pound jurassic chicken in my yard aren't I?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Chibadiba on 12 March, 2016, 22:08
So it starts with jurassic farm?
Comment icon #7 Posted by odiesbsc on 13 March, 2016, 2:37
Just think what Colonel Sanders could do with this!!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Max A. on 13 March, 2016, 11:47
Just the one leg? The poor thing will be walking around in circles
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles on 13 March, 2016, 16:30
Pretty cool stuff.
Comment icon #10 Posted by FlyingAngel on 13 March, 2016, 16:34
KFC dino legs. Yumm!!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Whatsinausername on 14 March, 2016, 9:57
So they've perfected a way to deform a chicken? Bravo.....
Comment icon #12 Posted by Bloodflower on 14 March, 2016, 13:21
Dinosaur madras curry on the future menu
Comment icon #13 Posted by BeastieRunner on 18 March, 2016, 21:47
Even if we "devolved" a whole bunch of birds to dinosaurs ... they still would only be freaks and not real dinosaurs.


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