We're Getting Closer To Getting Our Very Own Jurassic Park (Maybe)

Submitted by: rumham 4 months ago Science
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Current Biology (an online scientific journal of sorts) have reported that the fully-intact tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur was found, perfectly preserved in amber. They were even able to recover bones, soft tissue, and feathers. Jurassic Park is eventually happening.

National Geographic reports that this discovery is the first time there's been physical evidence that ties feathers to dinosaurs, and not just bandy it about as a theory. The tail is about 1.4 inches with "delicate feathers." The researchers involved say the tail very possibly belonged to a coelurosaur (which to me, looks like a little velociraptor.

The report continues that these feathers probably didn't aid in flight, they most likely functioned as signalers or for warmth.

w/b: @fancylad

There are 9 comments:
Male 435
Uh how can it be 99 million years old if the Earth is only 6 thousand years old?
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Male 2,101
From what I've read, DNA can't survive longer than, maybe, 1.5 million years, even if soft tissue is somehow recovered. So if the dinosaurs were ever to be brought back to life, it wouldn't be through DNA recoved from fossils, either from amber or sedimentary rock. It would be through a reconstuction of the dinosaur DNA using modern bird DNA. I don't know the details (it isn't my field), but apparently the ordinary chicken contains most of the genetic blueprint for recreating a dinosaur in its DNA: although unexpressed, much of the dino DNA is still there, hidden beneath the surface. Jurassic Park here we come!
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Male 1,642
or cross breed a squirrel with a t rex and unleash it in a sci fi movie starring Jean claude van damme
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Male 2,101
"RAWR!" LOL!
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Male 1,642
i can see the poster, "the only guy with nuts big enough for squirrel rex! JCVD!!!"
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Male 1,642
i will sue like trump on a tweet bender if anyone steals my idea
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Female 1,329
Click on link and you can see some very interesting insects along with tail. I wonder if the scientists will try to bring those back to life also?
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Male 1,255
As a bug lover, that's the best part. 
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Male 835
Bad idea. Haven't you watched the movies? It always ends badly!
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