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Originally posted by Jamesmichael
The News item is dated 28th March 2005 - and can't remember hearing anything else about it since.
Sounds like a hoax to me - because if it isn't surely someone else would have picked up on it during the last 12 months.
Interested to hear what others think.
Proteins could reveal new dinosaur secrets: Soft-tissue discovery opens a biochemical frontier for paleontologists
Someday, biochemists will be able to figure out what dinosaurs ate, what diseases afflicted them and how they were related to each other — all by analyzing a bit of organic goo.
At least those are the kinds of tests that could theoretically be carried out in a new field dubbed "paleoproteomics." Paleontologists are becoming increasingly intrigued by the possibilities in the wake of last year's discovery that some of a Tyrannosaurus rex's soft tissues — perhaps its blood cells, blood vessels or fibrous cells — could survive the process of fossilization intact.
No one is saying yet that the DNA of a dinosaur could be reconstructed, as it was in the fictional "Jurassic Park" movies. DNA molecules are made up of long chains that degrade over time. Under the best circumstances, it's hard for DNA to survive thousands of years, let alone millions. It's more likely that shorter-chain protein molecules could be recovered from the soft tissues. But even those molecules could tell a lot about how dinosaurs lived.
Originally posted by Chakotay
It is NOT April 1st yet, but I cannot believe that MSNBC's story on "70,000,000 Year Old T-Rex Soft Tissue" is not a hoax. Come on, there is NO way soft tissue could have avoided decomposition for that long!