Man wants to reconstruct a dinosaur from a chicken

September 14, 2011

Can you imagine chicken-like dinosaurs running around your neighbourhood? Paleontologist Jack Honer can. Moreover, he wants to build them with his own hands using chickens as genetic material. How crazy is this?

I have to admit, I like this idea and hope this project will be a success.

Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He’s found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he’s taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a “Chickenosaurus”.


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