Canadian scientist aims to turn chickens into dinosaurs

Posted: September 15, 2009 in Science
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From the article:

After years spent hunting for the buried remains of prehistoric animals, a Canadian paleontologist now plans to manipulate chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur.

Hans Larsson, the Canada Research Chair in Macro Evolution at Montreal’s McGill University, said he aims to develop dinosaur traits that disappeared millions of years ago in birds.

Larsson believes by flipping certain genetic levers during a chicken embryo’s development, he can reproduce the dinosaur anatomy, he told AFP in an interview.

Though still in its infancy, the research could eventually lead to hatching live prehistoric animals, but Larsson said there are no plans for that now, for ethical and practical reasons — a dinosaur hatchery is “too large an enterprise.”

“It’s a demonstration of evolution,” said Larsson, who has studied bird evolution for the last 10 years.

“If I can demonstrate clearly that the potential for dinosaur anatomical development exists in birds, then it again proves that birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs.”

Am I the only one that thinks this is a really bad idea?

I mean some species of dinosaurs where really large and hungry, if the only reason for doing this is to prove that birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs.

I can prove that right now.

First up the chicken skeleton:

Now the velociraptor skeleton:

Now tell me that they don´t have alot of similarities and that the raptor could just as easy be a flightless bird.

Problem solved without any poking around genes and making dinosaurs.

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WOG out.

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