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In a potentially terrifying case of life imitating art, the renowned paleontologist who served as the inspiration for Jurassic Park protagonist Dr. Alan Grant is spearheading genetic research that could engineer dinosaurs back into existence within the next five to 10 years, he says.

While Dr. Jack Horner, who has consulted on all four Jurassic films, initially believed the key to recreating the prehistoric creatures lied in working with ancient DNA strands, further study about DNA degradation over time has since ruled out that possibility.


Instead, a group of scientists at Harvard and Yale have turned their eye to -- wait for it -- the modern-day chicken. “Of course, birds are dinosaurs," Horner told People magazine. "So we just need to fix them so they look a little more like a dinosaur."



In an attempt to reverse evolution, the team has already made significant strides in mutating chickens back to the very creatures from which they descended. If that wasn’t enough genetic splicing and dicing, Harvard scientists attempted a similar feat recently by inserting the genes of a woolly mammoth into elephants in order to recreate the extinct beasts. Whoa baby.

If the four major differences between dinosaurs and birds are their tails, arms, hands and mouths, Horner and team have already flipped certain genetic switches in chicken embryos to reverse-engineer a bird’s beak into a dinosaur-like snout.

“Actually, the wings and hands are not as difficult,” Horner said, adding that a ‘Chickensoraus’ -- as he calls the creation -- is well on its way to becoming reality. “The tail is the biggest project. But on the other hand, we have been able to do some things recently that have given us hope that it won't take too long."


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It wouldn't be the same thing, or it would die or sth. Both gravity and amount of oxygen is now different. A diplodocus would for example collapse and suffocate if taken straight to our times.
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It wouldn't be the same thing, or it would die or sth. Both gravity and amount of oxygen is now different. A diplodocus would for example collapse and suffocate if taken straight to our times.
Maybe it would, maybe it wouldn't. Aside from the skeletal structure, we really have no idea of the fatty tissue these creatures may have had. They may have had a giant 'Generate oxygen' baloon in their stomach and we'd have no idea.

But no - This isn't the same thing. It is a chicken given dinosaur attributes.
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But no - This isn't the same thing. It is a chicken given dinosaur attributes.
After so many years, and getting a high score in the IELTS, the way that native speakers use English grammar keeps surprising me.
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