Skip to comments.[Aug 2018] Scientists may have uncovered what dinosaur DNA looks like
Posted on 09/14/2018 10:14:36 AM PDT by ETL
Life will find a way, as Jeff Goldblum's character puts it in Jurassic Park.
Researchers at the University of Kent in the U.K. say theyve discovered the genetic secret of how dinosaurs came to dominate Earth for 180 million years.
The team of scientists used mathematical techniques to identify possible genetic characteristics of the first dinosaurs. They worked backwards from birds and turtles, which are the closest modern-day relatives of dinosaurs.
The results of their work, published in Nature Communications in May, suggest that birds today have very similar DNA to ancient dinosaurs.
Dinosaur DNA was likely organized into chunks known as chromosomes, researchers found. They believe that the creatures' larger number of chromosomes could explain why they came in so many shapes and sizes.
We think it generates variation. Having a lot of chromosomes enables dinosaurs to shuffle their genes around much more than other types of animals. This shuffling means that dinosaurs can evolve more quickly and so help them survive so long as the planet changed, Professor Darren Griffin told the BBC.
Although this sounds like a potential seed for a Jurassic Park-style theme park, researchers disagree.
We are not going to have Jurassic Park anytime soon, Griffin told the BBC, adding that simply putting dinosaur DNA into a distant relatives egg would not produce a dinosaur.
According to CNET, researchers speculated that the way in which DNA was organized might have provided a blueprint for evolutionary success because it is able to generate variation and thus facilitate natural selectionwhich keeps animals alive. It may also be why we see so much variation in modern-day birds.
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God is the Creator and Designer.
He always makes good stuff...................
Lol! Good one.
The possibility of having a real-life Jurassic Park is intriguing.
Re Post #5: What is that? “Gangnam” Ostrich?
Bring back T-Rex!
Hi, I hope you are doing well.
“The possibility of having a real-life Jurassic Park is intriguing.”
And dangerous. Until we can develop a 40 watt plasma rifle.
We have a winner!
Hi, M Kehoe! I hear you. :)
Using this same research, they've already been able to grow chicken embryos with dinosaur features; teeth, arms with claws, long tails, etc.
Imagine doing it with an emu instead of a chicken. The resulting creature might be almost identical to the velociraptors from Jurassic Park.
We may only be a few years away...
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