Dinosaurs are a diverse group of reptiles of the clade Dinosauria. They first appeared during the Triassic period, between 243 and 231 million years ago, although the exact origin and timing of the evolution of dinosaurs is the subject of active research.
Dr. Jack Horner, one of the paleontologists involved in the genetic research, was a consultant for the Jurassic flicks and was the inspiration for the character of Dr. Alan Grant. He believed that recreating these monstrous creatures required working with DNA strands but studies about DNA degradation over the years have made that an impossible direction to take.
However, scientists from Harvard and Yale have discovered a more feasible alternative – chickens. These scientists are currently working on turning chickens into dinosaurs.
In an interview, Dr. Horner explained: “Of course, birds are dinosaurs. So we just need to fix them so they look a little more like a dinosaur.”
According to him, the team has made great progress mutating chickens back to their ancestors, the dinosaurs. Moreover, they have also tried inserting woolly mammoth genes into elephants to recreate its ancient counterpart. The paleontologist believes “it won’t take too long” before they can recreate real dinosaurs again.
Now, the group is working on four major differences between dinosaurs and chicken namely the birds’ tails, arms, hands, and mouths. Dr. Horner and his crew believe that in no time, they will be able to reverse-engineer a chicken’s beak into a dinosaur snout.
“Actually, the wings and hands are not as difficult. 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,” Dr. Horner said.
Soon, we might get a “chickenosaurus” in our midst.
Watch his interview below…