Dinosaurs roamed Earth for over 140 million years before having their reign ended by a colossal asteroid impact. The idea that the mighty Dinosaurs could wander our Earth again someday is for most humans both fascinating and terrifying in equal measure!
Even scientists are intrigued as to whether the evolutionary process could bring us back to the time of the Tyrannosaurs.
The concept of cloning through DNA has become more reality than fiction. As a result, some of the world’s most adventurous scientists have been looking at ways to bring species back from extinction.
Oxford biochemist Dr Alison Woollard says it would be theoretically possible to recreate species through DNA – Dinosaurs and Woolly Mammoths could be brought back to life, but Dinosaurs could be trickier – bringing back a Woolly Mammoth would pose fewer problems.
By identifying and altering certain genes found in the DNA of modern birds, she believes scientists may be able to “design” the inner structures of the prehistoric creatures. With modern cloning techniques it is possible to bring back extinct species which died out within the 6.8 million year time-frame, if viable cells could be found.
To understand the insides of a Dinosaur, scientists would have to combine together millions of different information pieces in exactly the right order, just like putting together an enormous jigsaw puzzle where each tiny piece was shaped exactly alike.
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