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Scientists grow a dinosaur leg on a chicken

By T.K. Randall
March 12, 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)




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Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
wow .. now think of the 'hot wings' ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by XenoFish 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
So it starts with jurassic farm?
Comment icon #7 Posted by odiesbsc 8 years ago
Just think what Colonel Sanders could do with this!!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Max A. 8 years ago
Just the one leg? The poor thing will be walking around in circles
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
Pretty cool stuff.
Comment icon #10 Posted by FlyingAngel 8 years ago
KFC dino legs. Yumm!!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Whatsinausername 8 years ago
So they've perfected a way to deform a chicken? Bravo.....
Comment icon #12 Posted by Bloodflower 8 years ago
Dinosaur madras curry on the future menu
Comment icon #13 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
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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