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Scientists Bringing Dinosaurs Back To Life! Will They Succeed?

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posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 09:40 AM
‘There is now nothing to stop us bringing back dinosaurs but ourselves. People who don’t believe it don’t know much about evolution.’
Jack Horner, professor of palaeontology, Montana State University


Scientists now believe it is possible to resurrect the dinosaur after the discovery of DNA relics in the wings and beaks of regular chickens. Yes, you heard that right! In the dusty Montana State University store room, scientists struggle to lift a huge fossilized bone from the leg of a dinosaur.

For many years, this chunky specimen has languished cryptically on a shelf. Now, with hammer and chisel poised the academics from Montana State University in America gather round. They are about to shatter this rare vestige of the past - a forgotten relic of a lost age.

The scientists believe that this fragment of a gigantic beast which stalked the earth millions of years ago could hold the key which will unlock the secrets of the dinosaurs. The sci-fi Jurassic Park could probably be reality a couple of decades from now, where dinosaurs would once again roam the world but hopefully in protected and specially created wild life sanctuaries.

The moot question is: Are scientists playing God? Treading into uncharted territory could well spell disaster. Will these beasts ever be able to survive in the present environment? But will scientists ever be able to resurrect the dinosaur? According to Jack Horner, professor of palaeontology at Montana State University, the answer is an unequivocal yes!

‘Of course we can bring them back to life. Their ancestral DNA is still present. 'The science is there. I don’t think there are any barriers, other than the philosophical.’

Representative sizes.
Source: jplegacy

In 2003, Horner, who acted as an advisor on the Jurassic Park films, made a remarkable discovery while his team was excavating a 68 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in Montana. The site was so remote, the skeleton had to be removed by helicopter — the operation led to a huge thighbone splitting in two.

Horner gave a piece of the bone to one of his students, paleontologist Mary Schweitzer. Examining it, she noticed a strange structure inside the hard outer case…….

Read the full interesting story here...

Would the future Jurassic sanctuary look like this?

The Million Dollar Question!

But did these beasts roam the Earth millions of years ago or just a few thousand? If so, it would be far easier for scientists to get hold of their DNA!

According to mainstream science, the age of dinosaurs came to an end about 65 million years ago when a natural cataclysm destroyed most living species. No one is really sure what or when this happened or if it happened at all! Carbon dating is most inaccurate after about 30,000 years. Today's knowledge of fossil ages comes primarily from radiometric dating. However, though they cannot date the dinosaur remains themselves, they can date only the rocks buried near the dinosaur remains. This is not accepted by many authorities as valid, as Radiometric dating is based upon controversial assumptions held to be erroneous by many scholars, as indicated by empirical research.

Human remains have been found buried with dinosaur remains on more than one occasion. Did man hunt down dinosaurs to extinction? Take a look at some of the comparatively recent engravings and cave drawings of animals that resemble the dinosaurs. This is clear indication that these beasts lived in an era not millions of years ago, but probably just several thousand!

Deep in the jungles of Cambodia are ornate temples and palaces
from the Khmer civilization. One column as shown above contains
an intricate carving of a stegosaur-like creature. But how could artisans
decorating an 800 year old Buddhist temple know what a dinosaur looked
like? Western science only began assembling dinosaurs skeletons in the
past two centuries.
Courtesy of Don Patton.

The ancient Sumatrans produced multiple pieces of art depicting
long-tailed, long-necked creatures with a headcrest. Some of these
animals resemble hadrosaurs. This particular work (Ethnographical
Museum, Budapest) depicts a creature that bears a striking resemblance
to a Corythosaurus which is being hunted by these ancient Indonesian
(Bodrogi, Tibor, Art of Indonesia, plate #10, 1973.)

In 1945 archeologist Waldemar Julsrud discovered
clay figurines buried at the foot of El Toro Mountain
on the outskirts of Acambaro, Mexico. Eventually
over 33,000 ceramic figurines were found in the
area and identified with the Pre-classical Chupicuaro
Culture (800 BC to 200 AD).The huge collection
included dinosaurs.
Courtesy: gensispark

So, were dinosaurs wiped out 65 million years ago by some cataclysmic event that scientists suggest or did they become extinct just a few thousand years ago like some of the endangered species of today? Well, that’s for another thread!

But if some of these creatures are just a few thousand years old, then the possibility of extracting DNA from their bones to resurrect them becomes a real possibility.

Perhaps our children would one day be visiting not just an ordinary zoo, but a Jurassic park!

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posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 09:44 AM
Man I would really love to see this.. There are only so many times that you can go to a zoo and see the same old animals but wouldnt it be awesome to go and see a raptor or a T-Rex?
Waiting for the "we shouldnt play god" posts to roll in now.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 09:47 AM

Really interesting stuff, I wonder if their bark can meet their bite?

Imagine a few decades from now being able to go through catalogs of dinosaurs, deciding which one to have specifically cloned and grown as a household pet! Crazy!

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 09:47 AM
a fine read and post sir
star and flag for you as well

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 09:52 AM
Here's a video about this:

Can't wait to pet a dino
Thanks for your thread!

Edit: Also found the full CBS 60 Minutes segment about dino dna: (Must watch!)
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posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 09:56 AM
I have mixed feelings on this.
It would be a major step in our advancement and i would love to see such beings walking again...BUT..... this could also spell disaster and i'm sure many will think 'just becaue we can doesn't mean we should'.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 09:56 AM
Having grown up around chickens and roosters, I wonder exactly what the heck these scientists are thinking.
Chickens, especially roosters, are sometimes quite vicious animals that will eat anything. They remind me more of compies than of the t-rex. I agree with Malcolm from Jurassic Park. Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should. I can go play out in the interstate, doesn't mean I should because it's dangerous.

I'm all for scientific exploration, but we have to use discipline too. I hope they find another bird with less psychotic tendencies for their research.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:01 AM
One thing that really irritates me, especially in my field of work, and that is "Are scientists playing god?"

The answer is:


Replicating a dinosaur would prove marvelous for the field of paleontology. It could also perhaps help us understand the future of evolution for existing animals, seeing as the dinosaurs lived in a much warmer climate (as we are approaching now). Also, what about evolutionary studies? And so the list of studious possibilities goes on!

If only we could somehow get people to stop complaining that we are "playing god". If we did not "play god", there would be no medical research!

Edit: people who are concerned about the danger of having an enormous reptile around are foolish and their opinions are insulting. Safety measures are not unheard of in fields of science, you know, and these beasties would (believe it or not) not be left to run amok!
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posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:05 AM
Ok you can have your dinosaur if i get the tiny giraffe from whatever commercial that is. Me wants real bad

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:05 AM
reply to post by OrionHunterX

I doubt they would be nearly the size the dinosaurs were millions of years ago if they could bring them back. Earth was more oxygen rich than it is now and that was one of the main reasons dinosaurs got so huge. I think anything larger than an elephant would be extremely difficult for them to survive unless kept in a oxygenated structure. T-Rex would be the size of a Raptor, still it would be cool to see one in living flesh though.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:07 AM
Wow , that's awesome. I hope it happens in my life time.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:11 AM
reply to post by Aliensdoexist

Holy crap, how cool would that be? a mini T-rex. You know what, if anything drives this, it will be greed, the potential market for a mini t rex or raptor exhibit would be HUGE.
And there are people that would pay millions to be able to own one personally

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:15 AM
reply to post by tncryptogal

I hope they find another bird with less psychotic tendencies for their research

You and me , both sister! I always joke that if I fell down out there in the yard with the chickens and couldn't get up, they would have my bones picked clean in a coupla days!

Chickens are a terrible choice, but I can see why they would use them. They are DEFINITELY just tiny raptors!

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:18 AM

Originally posted by iforget
Ok you can have your dinosaur if i get the tiny giraffe from whatever commercial that is. Me wants real bad

Opulence I wants it. Now I feel bad,.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:20 AM
Hmmm....a mini t-rex might not be so bad, and I mean really little, like the kissing giraffe in the direct tv commercial.

I have no interest in seeing a full sized dinosaur, I've seen Jurassic Park and that was enough for me.

I found it very interesting that there were human remains discovered buried with dinosaur remains. Anyone have a link to that? I've always wondered it that's where the dragon myths came from, very cool.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:20 AM
reply to post by jennybee35

Are you guys kidding or being serious?
Ive never thought of chickens being mean or vicious. I had several when I was growing up and never seen them eat anything, except the scratch i threw on the ground.
I did watch a rooster fight once though, the guy even put metal spurs on their feet, it was kind of sad when I heard the blood rattled breathing of the one that lost though.
The point is, thats the only time Ive ever seen a chicken/rooster being violent in any way.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:22 AM
reply to post by DeepThoughtCriminal

You made some really great points there. Understanding our past IS the key to understanding our future. I was trying to be humorous with the chicken thing. Sorry if it offended you.

I hope there are really good safety measures. Perhaps even having an expert in animal behavior would be a great idea. My grandmother was flogged by a rooster just for entering the hen house to collect eggs. It required 20 odd stitches.

I am all for scientific discovery. Shoot, if we can custom order cloned pets, I want a smilodon.

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:29 AM
reply to post by TriForce

Roosters are terrible. They will attack a person if the rooster is in a particularly nasty mood that day. The one that got my grandmother had been a "Best in Show" prize winner at the county fair for five years running. That meant he should have been used to people. For some reason (maybe he was randy?) he decided to come at my grandmother spurs first. I'm a farm girl too. The hens aren't so bad, but the males...they're the ones you've got to look out for.

My husband was also chased by one. He's from NYC and a friend decided to play a joke on him. He told him to catch a chicken for dinner. The rooster was having none of that crap and came at him full force. He ran like heck and hid in the house.

Lets hope they choose a more docile chicken breed for the raptor. It's hard to eat chicken now and not think about dinosaurs. A few years ago, that wouldn't be happening. Discovery channel did a show on this topic, but I can't remember the title. They were talking about turning certain genes on and off in the chicken embryo to get the desired effect.

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posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:39 AM
reply to post by OrionHunterX

think jurasic park people and then think again on this bright idea ,,, the dinosaours are gone for a reason ,, but if they want to wipe out the human race and fast this would be a good way to do it .

posted on Apr, 10 2011 @ 10:41 AM
I have to say this is hilarious this thread just popped up. I just downloaded the jurassic park movies and watching the first one now

And, I hope they do bring the dinos back someday in the future.

wasnt there a find a few years back where the body of a dino was so well preserved that its skin was still there with the texture and everything? I remember the scientists were going to attempt to see what if anything they could extract for DNA

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