We might very soon see a fully-grown, living dinosaur since researchers at a North Carolina state university were able to produce the first dinosaur embryo in million years from the DNA sample found in a recently discovered pregnant T-Rex fossil.
Linda Rushmore, head researcher at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Paleontology Research Lab explains:
“We often think of the T-Rex as this huge crocodile-like bipedal reptile but, in fact, its closest modern relative are birds and the T-Rex was actually the dinosaur equivalent of a chicken.”
“The similarity of both DNA’s actually surprised us at first and we are extremely enthusiastic about the positive results and growth of the embryo,” she adds.
A CHICKEN-DINOSAUR HYBRID
Helmut Hans Fraser, a molecular biologist at North Carolina State University explains that the embryo that was created was a GMO hybrid between a chicken and a T-rex dinosaur and not a 100% dinosaur.
He explains, clearly excited by the discovery: “It is impossible to recreate a fully living dinosaur from these limited samples of DNA, but we have successfully introduced this DNA into living chicken skin cells, so the results of this embryo, if it comes to terms and eventually survives its own birth and does not present any biological defects, will be a total surprise. We have no idea what to expect at all. We have noticed that the embryo grows at abnormal rates for a common chicken embryo. It is presently sixty five times bigger than the size of an average chicken embryo only after three days, but its growth seems exponential, which is clearly fascinating” .