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Old 12-07-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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The quest to build a dinosaur
Aug 20, 2009 | Kate Lunau
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 8:22:10 PM by B-Chan
Jack Horner has a vision. A world-famous paleontologist who gives “an awful lot of lectures,” Horner pictures himself strolling out on stage before a crowd, just as he’s done countless times before. Instead of carrying the standard sheaf of notes or dusty slides, though, he has with him the ultimate prop: a real live dinosaur on a leash. “It’s small, but bigger than a chicken,” he writes in his new book, How to Build a Dinosaur. “Let’s say the size of a turkey, one day maybe even the size of an emu.” The emu-size dinosaur, he adds, “might have a muzzle or a couple of handlers.”

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Or bringing the past back to life. Update news...

The quest to build a dinosaur
Aug 20, 2009 | Kate Lunau
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 8:22:10 PM by B-Chan
Jack Horner has a vision. A world-famous paleontologist who gives “an awful lot of lectures,” Horner pictures himself strolling out on stage before a crowd, just as he’s done countless times before. Instead of carrying the standard sheaf of notes or dusty slides, though, he has with him the ultimate prop: a real live dinosaur on a leash. “It’s small, but bigger than a chicken,” he writes in his new book, How to Build a Dinosaur. “Let’s say the size of a turkey, one day maybe even the size of an emu.” The emu-size dinosaur, he adds, “might have a muzzle or a couple of handlers.”

The quest to build a dinosaur

There was an hour segment about that subject on either the History Channel or Discovery Channel today. The trick is to find some viable dino DNA. Attempts have been made to extract DNA from insects encased in amber, hoping one bit on a dino, but it failed. Although the insects remain intact, the DNA doesn't. It's thought DNA probably doesn't survive for millions of years. The conclusion was that it might be possible just to reverse engineer the DNA on a hit or miss basis, and try it on a bird's egg, perhaps a chicken or emu. The result wouldn't be a dino although it might somewhat resemble one.
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