Scientists Say They Can Recreate Living Dinosaurs Within the Next 5 Years



Dinosaurs could potentially walk among us in real life soon as the paleontologist who inspired the original Jurassic Park movie has announced a research project to bring the extinct creatures back to life. Dr. Jack Horner says scientists are only 5 to 10 years away from genetically engineering dinosaurs into existence.

According to a report by PEOPLE, Horner is working with scientists at Harvard and Yale, looking to the closest living relatives of dinosaurs in the hopes of reverse-engineering them. “Of course, birds are dinosaurs," Horner said. "So we just need to fix them so they look a little more like a dinosaur."



Horner and his team will reportedly begin with the modern day chicken, which is widely considered a direct descendant of the massive beasts that once dominated the earth. Horner has consulted on all four Jurassic Park films. In a behind the scenes interview from the first movie in the franchise, writer Michael Crichton confessed that the hero, Dr. Alan Grant, was an amalgam of Horner and Philip J. Currie.

The 71-year-old paleontologist said that when he first began work on the movies, he believe dinosaurs would be revived in the same way they are in the film -- through preserved bits of their DNA taken from fossils. 


However, in the years since, he and his colleagues have come to better understand how DNA degrades over time, and determined that this is not the course they will have to take.


As Horner sees it, the chicken, and many other modern birds, have the genetic code of their dinosaur ancestors stored within their own DNA. He believes they will be able to manipulate that code to reverse the evolutionary process -- forcing mutations that will express more and more of those ancient characteristics.

“Dinosaurs had long tails, arms, and hands – and through evolution they’ve lost their tails, and their arms and hands have turned into wings," Horner explained to reporters. "Additionally, their whole snout has changed from the velociraptor-look to the bird-like beak morphology.” Horner said he hopes his work will determine a way to flip a switch “in such a way that we’ll get these ancestral characteristics back.”



Horner cited a 2015 study as his "proof of concept," noting that scientists at Harvard and Yale were able to trick a bird's head into changing into a dinosaur snout.


“Basically what we do is we go into an embryo that’s just beginning to form, and use some genetic markers to sort of identify when certain genes turn on and when they turn off,” he said.. “And by determining when certain genes turn on, we can sort of figure out how a tail begins to develop. And we want to fix that gene so it doesn t stop the tail from growing.”

Horner was completely confident that some form of what he called a "chickensoraus" will be walking the earth within ten years. “We can make a bird with teeth, and we can change its mouth,” he said. “And actually the wings and hands are not as difficult. We’re pretty sure we can do that soon.”



The project is no simple task, however, and Horner noted that “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.”


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  1. If we are starting with chickens, I think we are limited to only theropoda, a suborder of the clade Dinosauria. :(

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    1. Gotta start somewhere. Hope soon someone will clone a sabertooth cat and Neanderthal male/female as well

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    2. That's how you get Jurassic Park!

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    3. although cant u just put dino dna inside an embryo

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  2. Fake news...genetic engineering does not exist with animals or man....it only works with plants...and even still they can only create hybrids, not a completely new species...

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    1. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/01/0111_020111genmice.html

      Bioluminescent jellyfish-mice, created sixteen years ago. We've gotten even better at it since.

      As for the other half of your comment, the definition of "species" is pretty loose -- generally, it simply means "a distinct group of animals that can produce biologically viable offspring with their own kind." Yet we consider wolf and coyote distinct species in spite of their ability to crossbreed. Darwin's finches evolved from a single common ancestor simply due to geographic separation & differing ecological niches - no human interference required. So harping on the difference between a hybrid and a "species" is an argument without much value.

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    2. Genetically engineering something doesn't make it a new species; in most cases you are introducing a gene or two, maybe three. And the aquabounty salmon disagrees with you that GE animals don't exist.

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    3. Holy shit, Asian American Blog, that is some massive ignorance right there. Genetic engineering works with all species, it's just been outlawed for use on humans because it's considered unethical. And if you understood anything about how new species come about, it's through diverse traits becoming dominant in a species until they are so diverged from other branches of their family that they can no longer successfully breed with them, that makes them a newly evolved species. Same if they genetically engineered a chicken with too many traits to differentiate them from other chickens, making them unable to interbreed with normal chickens.

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  3. So birds with some residual dinosaur characteristics. you an't actually learn from it as though from de-extinction.

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  4. There is a lot of 'sort of likes' and 'just have too's ' in this article....
    Tomorrow I think I will just sort of make a time machine, just have to like sort of make something that takes you back in time and put it into a machine sort of thing...
    Easy - done most of it already...

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  5. What is the value of doing this?

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    1. Saves millions and millions of dollars on movie special effects.

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    2. πøˆ¬ßj∆∂˜µå˜¡30 June 2018 at 17:54

      mhm, so true

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  6. well, they have 2 years left. The People story was from 2015

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  7. Will we start selling dinosaur products in shops once we genetically engineer them? I am wondering this because we are selling chicken products in shops and we are now genetically engineering dinosaurs from chickens. What do we expect? :/

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  8. My question is what happens to psychology of a chicken when it is genetically altered to be a dinosaur? Is it still just going to peck around for roots and bugs? Is it going to be more intelligent then the modern day chicken? Could i by a bucket of raptor legs from KFC? These are the things that need to be answered before going through with a project such as this one.

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    1. Someone Smarter Then You30 June 2018 at 18:03

      That is the most dumbest thing I have heard. You spelt 'Buy' wrong btw, and no way would you get bloody raptor legs at KFC! They are trying to make dinosaurs for hells sake, and once you put a dinosaurs gene and cell structure within the chicken it might cause a series of prehistoric diseases if they are not careful. LEADING TO THE POINT THAT IT WOULD BE VERY "RUDE" TO EVEN EAT A DINOSAUR BECAUSE ALL THE WORK PUT INTO MAKING THAT DINOSAUR!! I mean we all know once they make one that works and functions as a dinosaur they are going to clone thousands after but seriously. There would be no point in life where we would have to 'eat' a dinosaur. That only happens once we have killed off and eaten and destroyed every other living thing on earth, AND DONT GET ME STARTED ON SPACE TRAVEL! Americans...

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    2. ^------- Doesn't understand comedy.

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    3. You 'spelt' spelled wrong btw

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    4. the guy smarter then the guy who thinks hes smarter16 July 2018 at 13:19

      If u guys think any of this is a good idea you are slow in the head, and blind to the affects of this experiment.

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  9. You want a Live Dinosaur? Go get an Alligator. There you go --virtually unchanged over 180 million years.

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  10. If as this Dr Horner suggests this is possible why then can't we start w/some recently extinct species. 4give my ignorance if this ? Is I don't no...ignorant. Thanx

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  11. What do you mean "THIS Dr. Horner"? Didn't you even bother to look up who he is and his credentials? Do you somehow thin k he's "just some dood" like yourself?

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    1. He is actually a paleontologist. He was an adviser for the Jurassic Park movies, too. However, this is based on something from 2015. This is nothing but a post for the site to get more hits, and more ad-revenue, etc.

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  12. Kudzu was brought to the USA from Africa with the good intentions of feeding cattle: Spread out of control

    Africanized Bees were bred in South America to survive the devastation of rainforests: Got loose after being discovered they were very aggressive and now they’re spreading throughout the USA

    Dinosaurs are going to be recreated: Since when what that considered a good idea? The signs are in place that if something goes wrong, there will be trouble.

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  13. They've made quite a few movies showing why this is a bad idea...

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  14. From a functionality perspective, Dinosaurs appetites are insatiable making their eating habits impractical and detrimental to our ecosystem. Such organisms would have to be quarantined that is they we would have to create and place them in a artificial habitat far away from our present ecosystem. Have they considered climate change? There are many other pressing world issues which should be given attention such as famine, water scarcity, etc..

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    1. Where on earth did you get that idea? There's no evidence to suggest their appetite was any different from modern reptiles of any size.

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  15. Funny, so many playing "so intelligent" here, and yet most can't even remotely spell properly.

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  16. its stll a chicken
    maybe u ppl should do ur research before assuming

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