Sunday, 26 October 2014

Want to make your own dinosaur?

Just heard a great TED talk on how to make your own dinosaur (ok, so not really how to make one at home, but close enough.) very very cool!

http://www.ted.com/talks/jack_horner_building_a_dinosaur_from_a_chicken?language=en#t-246903

Renowned palaeontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".

Jack Horner is a consultant on the upcoming Jurassic Park IV, so expect the Chickenosaurus in the movie.