Dinosaur DNA Uncovered By Scientists Using Birds And Modern-Day Turtles

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Although there are thousands of dinosaur bones unearthed, which helped scientists learn a lot about the Earth’s history, these fossils don’t offer much about their DNA, because the DNA breaks down faster. However, a group of researchers from the University of Kent, in the UK, came up with the history of DNA dating back about 255 million years, using modern-day turtles and birds.

But there were long-necked dinosaurs, big predators, like the T-rex, huge reptiles with spiky tails and backs, and so on. One would assume that all these different species would’ve also possessed distinct DNA. That’s not the case, the researchers say, because they think that dinosaur DNA kept stable throughout the history.

Additionally, in the study’s report, published in Nature Communication journal, the scientists indicate that modern-day birds, for example, possess a DNA very similar to that of their ancestors, the dinosaurs.

Dinosaur DNA promoted the evolutionary variation which transmitted to modern birds, too

According to the researchers from the University of Kent, the dinosaur DNA was so well-structured and organized that “provided a blueprint for evolutionary success,” by generating variation and easing up the natural selection, two factors that contribute to species proliferation. As the scientists said, as the birds are the far-distant offsprings of dinosaurs, they must have inherited the variation and natural selection traits from the dinosaurs.

But, even though the scientists uncovered how dinosaur DNA might have looked like, we won’t be able to replicate the dinosaurs. As Professor Darren Griffin from the University of Kent puts it, his team research won’t lead to a Jurrasic park like in the movie.

“We are not going to have Jurassic Park anytime soon,” Professor Griffin told during an interview at the BBC and added that nobody could place dinosaur DNA into a bird’s egg and expect a living dinosaur to come out.

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Jasmine holds a Master’s in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and writes professionally in a broad variety of genres. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.


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