Aug 04 2014

Baby Dino Cloned?

Is this the real life image of a newborn cloned dinosaur?

Recently I was sent a link on Facebook to a news site that reported that Scientists at Liverpool’s John Moore University had successfully cloned a dinosaur.

According to the story the scientists were able to extract apatosaurus DNA from preserved fossils and inject it into a fertile ostrich womb.

Did British Scientists Clone a Dinosaur?

Apparently Ostriches share a lot of genetic traits with dinosaurs and would be the most viable method of fertilization.

The article goes on to claim that the newborn, fondly named “spot” was incubating at the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Are we on the path to a real life Jurassic Park?

Its an interesting but scary thought.

A hatchling can easily weigh as much as a watermelon. Can you imagine a full grown apatosaurus on display at a zoo? They can grow to be 75 feet long, that’s bigger t han 3 elephants.

**How could you even contain such a beast? But wait… is cloning even possible?

Scientists have been able to clone animals such as sheep for years. There was the famous case of Dolly the cloned sheep who was born in 1996, but died in 2003.

What about cloning a dinosaur?

Well researchers from Manchester University attempted to do just that.

Using the most advanced extraction methods available they were completely unable to reclaim any DNA – ancient or otherwise.

Because DNA molecules just don’t last that long and only have a half-life of around 500 years. So there is no way they could extract DNA from something over 10,000 or 150 millions years old.

A quick search on the web revealed that the story was a hoax!

Can you guess what this animal really was?

It turned out to just be a baby kangaroo.

So will we ever see a real life Jurassic park?

Scientists say we would have a better chance if we created a time machine, than cloning.